Top Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod said he would shave his mustache and campaign spokesperson Jen Psaki said she would wear a fake one if President Barack Obama loses traditionally blue states including Minnesota, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
David Axelrod told MSNBC’s Morning Joe: “I will shave off my mustache of 40 years if we lose any of those three states.” Just a few hours later, Jen Psaki told Andrea Mitchell: “I will dye my hair black and wear a fake mustache if they win Pennsylvania or Michigan or New Mexico. These are not states we’re concerned about, of course we’re going to be on the ground, of course we’re competing for every vote, but this is a bluff by the Romney team.”
The statements come after the polls show a tightening and competitive race in the historically democratic states. The Romney campaign has a seven-figure ad buy in Pennsylvania and over 60 staff members on the ground. They are also advertising in Minnesota. One Romney campaign official said the Obama team was “scared” noting they had plans to dispatch Vice President Biden and Former president Bill Clinton to some of those states. The Obama campaign is also advertising in all three states.
But on a conference call, Obama campaign officials echoed Axelrod and Psaki’s pushback. Campaign manager, Jim Messina said the Romney campaign’s decision to advertise in the states was an indication of “weakness not strength.” Messina said he’s confident because the president is leading or tied in every battleground state. Messina also argued the president has the “math” while the Romney campaign only has “myth.”
The electoral path for Romney could be tricky especially with recent polls showing President Obama holding onto a 5-point- lead in Ohio. Romney could offset an Ohio loss by picking off one of the traditionally blue states like Minnesota, Michigan or Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania is a particularly big prize since it carries 20 electoral votes. The last time the Keystone State voted for a Republican was in 1988 when then Vice President George H.W. Bush carried the state. Obama won Pennsylvania by 10 points in 2008 but this year polls show him with a single digit lead.