After many people asked me if I agreed with Karl Rove’s challenge at the time Ohio was called for Obama on Tuesday night, I wanted to make sure my memory was correct. Here’s the transcript:
WALLACE: Now, Joe, we know Karl has a rooting interest. I think, at this point, he’s telling us the facts. But you don’t have a rooting interest for Mitt Romney. What do you think?
JOE TRIPPI: Look, when I had my last contact with the Obama folks, they thought that Florida was their best shot, that Virginia looked the shakiest and that Ohio, they were — they thought they were going to win but less sure of. And so you know — but when you look at these counties, you look at Hamilton County, Obama’s been winning it. There is still a lot out there. So I understand what Karl is saying, but if you look at some of these counties that are still left out there, there are votes, a lot of votes, left for Obama that could outnumber some of these suburban counties.
WALLACE: Could, not has.
TRIPPI: Well, but if the Decision Desk has looked at those and is looking at key precincts in those counties and projecting, that’s what they do. And we haven’t been able to go in and do that yet.