Obama senior adviser David Axelrod said the president will get back on the campaign trail on Thursday, and he added a strong dose of optimism about Obama's chances. If the president loses Minnesota, Michigan or Pennsylvania, Axelrod said, he will shave his trademark mustache on live television.
Axelrod said the campaign liked its chances in the battleground states, so much so that he made the wager on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
“I will come on Morning Joe and I will shave off my mustache of 40 years if we lose any of those three states,” Axelrod said.
Host Joe Scarborough said he would grow a moustache if Obama won either Florida or North Carolina. “After the election you aren't going to have that much to talk about so people can tune in every day and watch your mustache grow,” Axelrod joked.
He said the Romney campaign has acted desperate with some of its ads in Pennsylvania and Ohio in recent days.
“It’s break-glass time in Boston,” Axelrod said. “They're going to states that they're simply not going to win in hopes they can make something happen to compensate for the fact that we're even or our campaign is ahead in all of these battleground states.”
Axelrod said Obama will begin campaigning again on Thursday, after he tours Hurricane Sandy damage in New Jersey on Wednesday. Obama will visit Green Bay, Wis., Las Vegas, Nev., and Boulder, Colo., on Thursday, the campaign said on Wednesday.