Skip to: Content
Skip to: Site Navigation
Skip to: Search

The Monitor Breakfast

GOP strategist: Obama's bigger 2012 war chest won't matter much

The Republican candidate may not have as much campaign money as Obama, says GOP pollster and strategist Whit Ayres. But 'money is not going to be a problem' for the eventual nominee, he says.

By Dave CookStaff writer / March 12, 2012


Whit Ayres is cofounder of Resurgent Republic, a Republican group that advocates conservative government policies. His firm provides polling and strategic advice to Republican candidates. He was the guest at the March 8 Monitor breakfast in Washington, D.C.

Skip to next paragraph

The outlook for President Obama's reelection:

"If you look at the big picture, it is not a pretty picture for the president. You still have roughly 60 percent of the country thinking we are on the wrong track."

The Obama campaign's financial advantage over Republicans:

"Money is not going to be a problem for the ultimate [Republican] nominee. And the fact the Obama administration may have a billion dollars … the marginal advantage of an additional dollar when you go from $700 million to $800 million is relatively little."

Response to a Fox News poll showing that Latino voters overwhelmingly prefer Mr. Obama to GOP presidential candidates:

"Doing better with nonwhite voters ... is the great challenge of the Republican Party going forward.... If we don't do better among Latinos, we are not going to be talking about how to get back Florida in the presidential race; we are going to be talking about how not to lose Texas."

Whether Mr. Romney can win Latino votes after talking about 'self-deportation' in GOP debates:

It is "not quickly forgotten, particularly in the Latino community, but the No. 1 issue in the Latino community is the economy and jobs; it is not immigration."

Whom Romney, if he is the nominee, should choose as vice president:

"It is likely the selection will be someone that would not only be acceptable to but would excite the more conservative voters who have been tepid toward Governor Romney.... It would help if they would be able to give a great speech."

Republican candidates' reluctance to criticize Rush Limbaugh for crude comments in a contraception controversy:

"There is a natural reluctance ... to kick your own when they screw up."

Get daily or weekly updates from delivered to your inbox. Sign up today.


Read Comments

View reader comments | Comment on this story
The Monitor Breakfast on

Subscribe for full video access to one of Washington's premier forums

  • Full-length Breakfast videos
  • Access to the video archives
  • E-mail alerts after every Breakfast event

Sign up for:

Sign up for full video access

Already a subscriber?


Doing Good


What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

Become a fan! Follow us! Google+ YouTube See our feeds!