Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Friday shrugged off recent polls showing President Obama leading Mitt Romney, chalking the numbers up to the advertising blitz Mr. Obama’s campaign has been able to wage thus far.
“I think you’re going to see us being able to outspend our opponent at the end, whereas Barack Obama outspent us tremendously over the past year, so what you’re seeing is the effect of millions — tens of millions of dollars on TV,” he said on CNN’s “Starting Point.”
“Now, I think that table is going to be turned … we’re going to be in a better position at the end than the president, and the president’s been in a better position at the beginning, so now it’s our turn to tell our story,” he said.
Two polls released Thursday showed Mr. Obama with a 7-point lead and a 9-point lead over Mr. Romney. But as Mr. Priebus alluded to, July marked the third straight month that Mr. Romney’s campaign, the RNC and a joint fundraising operation raised more than Mr. Obama’s campaign committee and the Democratic National Committee.
Furthermore, Republicans had a total of $170 million on hand at the end of July, compared to $144 million for the Democrats at the end of June. That’s not even counting the millions of dollars pouring into pro-Romney Super PACs, a point that Mr. Obama has taken to the campaign trail with him.
“The good news for us is we now are in a position to outspend them on television and tell our story, tell the Mitt Romney story starting with the convention going through the fall, and turn the tables,” Mr. Priebus said. “I mean, that’s what campaigning is all about. And I think we’re in a great position because we have the facts on our side.”