President Barack Obama (SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)
(USA TODAY) - New polls have him ahead of Mitt Romney, but President Obama says there's a chance he could lose this election.
"Oh, absolutely," Obama told CBS News."I mean this is going to be a close race."
Obama noted that "I'm running in in an environment where the economy isn't where it needs to be. I take nothing for granted.
"I'm going to be working my tail off, trying to present a clear choice to the American people," he said. "And the one thing I hope I'm able to communicate in this campaign is what my values are, what my plan is."
Another message, Obama said: I'm not tired.
"I am as eager every morning and as determined as I've ever been to work as hard as I can on behalf of the American people," Obama said.
As USA TODAY's Susan Page is reporting, Obama leads Romney 50%-44% in the Gallup daily tracking poll.
"A presidential race that has been neck-and-neck for months suddenly isn't.
In the week after the political conventions ended, President Obama has opened the most significant, sustained lead in the daily Gallup Poll since Mitt Romney emerged as the Republican nominee last spring. Disappointing unemployment statistics released last Friday haven't stemmed Obama's rise, and Romney's sharp criticism of the president in recent days during the unfolding crisis in Libya has opened a new line of partisan attack against the challenger.
With 53 days and three presidential debates to go, strategists in both parties say there's time for Romney to recover lost ground, especially with an electorate deeply dissatisfied with the direction of the country and the state of the economy. But even some Republican political analysts warn that the former Massachusetts governor faces a political landscape that has become steeper as the campaign heads into the home stretch."