Carney and Psaki gaggled for about 12 minutes at the end of the flight, literally standing as we smoothly landed. They fielded questions about President Obama’s mindset in the final days of the race, his evolving relationship with former President Clinton and what polls are telling the campaign right now.
“As we speak, presidents Obama and Clinton as well as chief of staff Jack Lew, David Axelrod, David Plouffe and a few others are engaged in a conversation towards the front of the plane” Asked about what, he replied “a variety of matters. Also said that “the President has been regularly engaged with his team on recovery efforts in the wake of hurricane Sandy”.
“The President will continue to receive updates today”. He’ll get a “full briefing” from Napolitano, Fugate, Brennan and Mastromonaco. Timing unclear yet.
Among senior officials in NY/NJ today: Napolitano in Monmouth county and Hoboken NJ where shell meet with gov Christie. HUD secretary Donovan will also be in the NY region.
Jen Psaki highlighted the state of the race in the states POTUS is going to visit today. In FL, “44 percent of Florida votes and the President leads by 7 points” according to a WSJ NBC poll.
In OH “28 percent of Ohio votes have already been cast”. POTUS leads 63-35 she said.
In CO: “nearly two thirds” of votes there have already been cast “and the president leads by 3 points” among those.
She said that last night in VA, POTUS and FPOTUS Clinton chatted casually backstage, “and I think they both really enjoyed spending that time together and also working the ropeline together.”
Question on POTUS’s mood: Psaki said that POTUS in his closing arguments comes back to what his political career has been focused on. “Fighting for the middle class, making sure people have a voice.”
On the campaign: “this is a family. There are a lot of laughs. And a lot of nostalgia on the ups and downs, the incredible rollercoaster that this journey has been from the day he announced he was running”.
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