Ed Gillespie on 'This Week'

The Romney campaign senior adviser on the presidential election.
3:00 | 11/04/12

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Transcript for Ed Gillespie on 'This Week'
And with that, let's go to ed gillespie for the romney campaign. You heard david plouffe right there. His closing argument, governor romney would be an enormous risk. And that we're doing better. We should build on the progress that we made. The fact is, george, the unemployment rate today is higher than the day president obama took office. 23 million americans struggling to find work. The household income down by $4,300. That's what this campaign is about. Them saying, you know, we need to keep doing this. We need more of the same. Essentially, we need four more years. Like the last four years. And governor romney promising real change. You know, in terms of president obama's policies, if he's re-elected, he'll establish a secretary of business. He thinks that somehow is going to help foster job creation when governor romney has been talking for months now about his five-point plan to grow the middle class with greater -- unleashing domestic energy supply, balancing the budget, tax reforms, greater trade. You know, we have a very strong agenda that's resonating with the american people. That's why he's going to win on tuesday. You heard david plouffe's assessment of the battleground states now. They believe they're in a strong position with that iowa, ohio and wisconsin firewall, and you all are playing defense in virginia and florida and a desperate ploy in pennsylvania. Your response. Four years ago, it's an amazing juxtaposition that mitt romney will be in the suburbs of years ago, barack obama was in indiana. When you look at where this map has gone, it reflects the change and the direction and the momentum toward governor romney and the fact is, a state like pennsylvania being in play, a poll out today, showing michigan dead heat. You know, the map has expanded. Wisconsin, minnesota, has expanded our way, we feel very confident in terms of where we are in the target states. We have been able to expand into pennsylvania while fully funding and staying current with everything we need to be doing in florida and virginia and ohio and all of the other target states. But I think what you're seeing, george, when you listen to your previous guest and he talks about the ground game, ground game, they constantly talk about that and they're doing conference calls all the time on this. Their assumption seems to be these undecided voters, the president and governor romney are about 47% in these polls, they're not going to turn out and therefore, prevail because of their superior ground game versus ours. Number one, their ground game is not superior. Number two, I think those undecided voters are going to turn out. And they're going to break pretty strongly against the president. When you see the polls in the battleground states most show the president holding a quite small, but steady, lead in many of the key battlegrounds. You think those state polls have some bias in them? Well, it depends on which ones. There was a poll in virginia, as you know, my home state that had the president winning by 2 percentage points. I think it was 47-45 and governor romney winning the independent vote by 21 percentage points. Now, I can tell you, george, if governor romney wins independents by 21 percentage points on tuesday, he won't lose to president obama on tuesday. One of the other networks had ohio, had obama ahead. A plus-nine percentage points democratic advantage. That would be a bigger margin for president obama in 2012 than he enjoyed in 2008. I just don't buy it. I don't see it. I actually believe when I look at the data at where the president is, when you're the incumbent president of the united states and you're at 48% on your ballot two days before the election, you're in deep trouble. That's where they are today. And I don't -- I believe, when I look at the intensity numbers and being on the road for three days with governor romney and the crowds, and when I look at the undecideds, I believe that romney can win decisively. In these final days, so much of the northeast impacted by hurricane sandy. You heard mayor giuliani in the previous segment, the president has also received some praise.Most voters according to our polls handled the hurricane as well as he could. Does governor romney have any quarrel with the way the president has handled the hurricane? From what we heard from the governors, they're working well with fema. There's a good working relationship between the state and the federal government. Governor romney has asked our supporters, fellow americans who are in need, armed by this devastating hurricane, we have constantly and consistently asked people to donate to the red cross and to the salvation army and put that information up at the events. Governor romney turned some of our volunteer centers into collection centers. We are keeping those hurt by the storm in our prayers and in our thoughts and trying not to keep them in our thoughts and actions as well. Do you agree with karl rove that the president's response has helped him political in the last week? I just don't know. You know, we're very focused on highlights the difference in this election. Governor romney is closing very strong, with a big speech about the differences that would happen in the next four years. I think, when you look at where these two candidates are going and what they're saying it, reflects kind of the strategy, president obama to ask for revenge. Governor romney asking to vote for love of country. A very sharp contrast. This gets back to their desire. Their assessment they need to still energize core democratic voters. In your poll today, george, there is a difference in intensity between self-identified republicans and self-identified democrats. By 6 percentage points. Republicans they're certain to vote relative to the democrats. And what I hear from the president is kind of an energizing the base message. Governor romney has a much bigger message that resonates strongly with the undecided out there. Ed gillespie, thanks for your time this morning.

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