The National Journal reported Wednesday that the Obama campaign appeared to be giving up on Virginia — along with North Carolina and Florida — while pulling back to concentrate on other states.
Today, the Obama campaign says that’s “absolutely not” true. The Hill has the story here.
We don’t know if the National Journal report is accurate, but we know that, even if it is, this is exactly what a campaign would say in response. You sure don’t admit you’re pulling out, now do you?
It does seem odd that either campaign would give up on a state until it’s seen a full round of polling to see what effect the most recent debate had — although the campaigns surely have internal polls that the public isn’t seeing.
In any case, it doesn’t matter what the campaigns say they’re going to do, it matters what they actually do. So keep an eye on two things — television and travel. Do we see Obama scale back his advertising in Virginia or keep it up? And do we see Obama campaign here more, or less — or not at all?