Overheard In The Spin Room: Barack Obama Edition
by Todd Beeton, Thu Jan 31, 2008 at 06:23:30 PM EST
There were a lot more Clinton surrogates in the spin room so it wasn't as easy to inject myself into an Obama surrogate conversation and when I was down there at first, my buddy David Axelrod was on Olbermann (I was gonna interrupt, but decided against it...)
I did speak to Rep. Xavier Becerra who was speaking on Obama's behalf. One interesting tidbot was that he's spoken to several congressional members who are likely to announce their support for Obama in the coming week. He did add that he suspects the Clinton camp could say the same.
In addition, on the topic of immigration, I asked Becerra why Obama didn't play up his stance in favor of driver's licenses for the undocumented at the townhall this morning -- and then he sort of dodged in the debate tonight -- considering it's a potent point of distinction he could use to eat into Clinton's lead among the hispanic community in California. Becerra defended Obama's answer tonight, which is essentially that the drivers license issue is "one of the manifestations of a broken system." He then went on to say that Clinton agrees that this wouldn't be an issue if there was comprehensive reform. So, not using it as a point of distinction at all then.
He went on to say he respects that Obama "says what's true and right even though, politically, it's difficult." Becerra said he was originally a Dodd supporter and so was quite disappointed when he said he did not support drivers licenses.