McCain Aide Shrugs Off Obama’s Money Edge

Posted October 20, 2008 at 11:47am

Rick Davis, manager of the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), on Monday sought to minimize the record haul of $150 million in September by Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.), saying McCain will have enough money to win and criticizing Obama for not releasing full records of his donors.

“We’re perfectly happy with the amount of money we’re raising,” Davis said in a conference call with reporters. “The RNC has been flooded with donations.” Even with the combined funds of the Republican National Committee, the McCain campaign and the federal matching funds that McCain opted to take, the GOP nominee and his allies significantly trail Obama and the Democratic National Committee in the amount of money they’re bringing in.

Davis indicated McCain will hold states that are traditionally Republican — even though Obama is threatening to win several of them — and will only have to win one large state where Obama is ahead or two smaller ones to clinch the election. “I like our chances,” Davis said.

He said it should be no surprise that Obama is faring well in traditionally Republican areas, blaming it on an “immensely unpopular sitting president” and the financial crisis engulfing the country.