Obama's PowerPoint Pitch

Posted: Jun 24, 2008 2:18 PM
Obama's PowerPoint Pitch

Assisted by a 12-slide Power Point presentation Barack Obama’s presidential campaign manager David Plouffe outlined his winning strategy to Democratic fundraisers last week.

According to a copy of the presentation obtained by ABC News, Obama will win the November election by beating GOP candidate John McCain among women and Hispanics, winning battle ground states like Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania and taking the traditionally-Republican states of Virginia, Missouri, Colorado, Ohio, Iowa and New Mexico.

Plouffe used recent polling data from Rasmussen, Gallup, SurveyUSA, Quinnipiac, Zogby and NBC to construct graphs supporting these points.

GOP operatives will take pride in some bits of information from the leaked presentation. First, Plouffe’s selected polling shows McCain consistently cutting a 14-15 percent dent into Obama’s Democratic voters and the two candidates running nearly head-to-head among independents.

Secondly, the last slide of Plouffe’s presentation contains an obvious plea for dollars based on GOP fundraising prowess. It’s a single slide of a bar graph showing how the Republican National Committee dominating the Democratic National Committee in the fundraising game, $53.6 million to a paltry $4.4 million. It’s preceded by a quote McCain adviser Carly Fiorina made during an interview on CNN: “In truth the RNC is raising money very specifically for the presidential campaign and by the rules the money that the RNC raises can be used for the presidential campaign. So, it’s actually very relevant to talk about what the RNC raises.”