Obama, Romney Campaigns Hesitant On Confidence

By: CNN Posted By: Stephanie Schultz
By: CNN Posted By: Stephanie Schultz

(CNN) -- Top campaign spokespersons for Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama both had a hard time on Thursday decidedly expressing confidence in their candidate's prospects in the presidential election.

Asked on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" if he felt "increasingly confident" about the campaign, Romney senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom hesitated on giving a definite "yes" or "no" answer.

"I don't know if I could say it in one word," he said. He went on to explain that if the election came down to the country's economic conditions, as he predicts it will, then voters will favor Romney over Obama.

"This election is not a brain-teaser of an election. If you believe that the economy is going in the right direction, if you believe that there are jobs for everyone, then that will improve the re-election prospects of the president," Fehrnstrom said.

He continued: "If, however, you believe that we can do better, that we need to take very specific actions to stimulate this economy and get it moving forward, then that improves the prospects of Mitt Romney's election."

Ultimately, he concluded Romney would fare better if the economy does not improve.

"So if that's going to be the basis in which this election is decided, then yes, I'm very confident."

Obama's deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter also gave a less-than-certain answer Thursday on their expectations of the president's re-election bid.

Asked if she felt more or less confident than one month ago, Cutter said simply: "Neither."

"We knew that this was going to be a tough election. We knew that we were going to be in this place. We're exactly where we knew we would be. This is going to be a very close election up until Election Day, and we're not taking anything for granted," she said.

Both Romney and Obama held dueling campaign events in the swing state of Ohio Thursday, marking the first time the two candidates appeared in the same state on the same day this cycle.

Recent polls in battleground states have shown the race in a dead heat between the two contenders, and debate over the economy has especially picked up in the last week as the dominant campaign issue.

Fund-raising figures also reveal a tightening race. Last week, Romney's team announced it had raised $77 million in the month of May, surpassing the $60 million raised by Obama's side. The May overhaul marked the first time Romney had out-raised the president.

Team Obama points out, however, that it was also the first time Republican efforts had coalesced around Romney since he became the presumptive GOP presidential nominee in late April.

Republicans said they ended May with $107 million in the bank. Obama's campaign did not disclose their cash on hand for May, though they ended April with $115 million.


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