ABC News' David Chalian and Teddy Davis Report:
The co-chairman of Barack Obama's campaign said Monday that John McCain has been on a "12-and-0 run" leading up to the Democratic National Convention.
"He loves basketball, you know. And plays it -- still plays it -- much better than I ever did," said Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin (D), referring to Obama. "And we talked about the game today and we realized that over the last week, or ten days, that John McCain has had a 12-and-0 run here in this basketball game."
"But we know the momentum can shift," he added. "And it's going to shift, starting in Denver."
Durbin's description of McCain being on a "12-and-0 run" was a startling assertion from a campaign that has rarely acknowledged weaknesses. While Durbin was optimistic that momentum was about to return to Obama, his characterization of McCain being the candidate with momentum comes even after Obama's vice presidential roll-out and McCain's Politico interview in which he referred a question about how many houses he owns to his staff.
Durbin made his comments to reporters attending a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver.