Valerie Jarrett Ignores Polls, Stresses Voter Turnout

Obama Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett isn't paying much attention to polls as Election Day approaches because she is rightly more focused on voter turnout -- and the momentum building in the black community, Michael H. Cottman writes at BlackAmericaWeb.

Valerie Jarrett walks with President Obama. (Yuri Gripas/AFP/Getty Images)

Valerie Jarrett isn't paying much attention to media polls in the days leading up to Election Day because she is rightly more focused on voter turnout -- and the momentum that is building in the African-American community, Michael H. Cottman writes at BlackAmericaWeb.

Valerie Jarrett, a senior strategist for the Obama campaign, isn't paying much attention to the bombardment of media polls seven days before Election Day.

What she does care about, Jarrett explained, is voter turnout on Nov. 6 -- and the momentum that's building in the African-American community.

"I believe we will surpass the African-American turnout [from 2008] in 2012," Jarrett said in an interview with "There's a real fear that the hands of time will be turned back if we elect Mitt Romney."

"People are genuinely scared about the dramatic and draconian cuts to important programs like education," Jarrett said. "The 2008 election was historic but this time the stakes are much higher in this race."

With millions of Americans expected to vote early in this election, Jarrett said Obama made history last week in Chicago.

"President Obama is the first president to vote early in a presidential election," Jarrett said.

Read Michael H. Cottman's entire piece at BlackAmericaWeb.

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