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OWE "THE DAILY RUNDOWN" WEEKDAY
MORNINGS ON MSNBC.
THANKS AGAIN TO CHUCK.
JOING ME TODAY FROM OHIO IS
FORMER GOVERNOR TED STRICKLAND
AN OBAMA CAMPAIGN SURROGATE
ABOUT WHAT WE'LL SEE THIS FINAL
WEEK, BASICALLY ROUNDING THIRD
BASE RUNNING INTO HOME.
SIR, IT'S GOOD TO HAVE YOU WITH
ME TODAY AS WE'VE BEEN TALKING
ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE ARE
SEEING THE PRESIDENT HAVING TO
TAKE HIMSELF OFF OF THE CAMPAIGN
TRAIL, CANCELING EVENTS THAT
WERE GOING TO TAKE PLACE TODAY,
AND CANCELING EVENTS TOMORROW,
AS WELL.
PRESIDENT OBAMA ADDED A HANDFUL
OF CAMPAIGN STOPS IN SWING
STATES, OHIO BEING ONE OF THEM.
IS BILL CLINTON TURNING INTO THE
PARTY'S GO-TO GUY TO PICK UP THE
SLACK OF WHAT THE PRESIDENT
OBVIOUSLY CAN'T BE OUT THERE
DOING BECAUSE HIS ATTENTION IS
NEED FOR WHAT'S TAKING PLACE
WITH SANDY RECOVERY?
>> SURE, IF YOU CAN'T HAVE THE
PRESIDENT OR THE VICE PRESIDENT,
CERTAINLY BILL CLINTON, FORMER
PRESIDENT CLINTON IS AT THE TOP
OF THE LIST.
HE IS WELL LOVED AND RESPECTED
HERE IN OHIO AND THROUGHOUT MUCH
OF THE REST OF THE COUNTRY, AND
I THINK HE'S DOING A WONDERFUL
THING FOR THE PRESIDENT AND
UNDERSTANDING THE CIRCUMSTANCES
OF THIS STORM, BUT, THOMAS, I
THINK BOTH CAMPAIGNS HAVE NOW
COME DOWN TO A GET OUT THE VOTE
EFFORT.
I DON'T THINK PEOPLE WILL BE
MUCH INFLUENCED BY TV ADS AND
GOING FORWARD.
I THINK WE ARE IN A PLACE --
WHICHEVER CAMPAIGN IS MOST
SUCCESSFUL IN ACTUALLY GETTING
THEIR PEOPLE TO THE POLLS AND
THAT WILL BE THE CAMPAIGN THEY
THINK WILL WIN.
>> WHAT DO YOU THINK IS TAKING
PLACE IN OHIO RIGHT NOW WITH THE
FACT THAT MITT ROMNEY IS NOT
HAVING CAMPAIGN EVENTS AND AS
CHUCK POINTED OUT HE'S SHIFTED
INTO MORE RELIEF-TYPE EFFORTS
AND PEOPLE ARE SENDING ME TWEETS
THAT CAMPAIGN VIDEOS HAVE BEEN
PLAYING AT THESE EVENTS
THEMSELVES AND STILL HAVING A
MESSAGE FOR SURE WHEN THEY SHOW
UP.
>> SURE.
WELL, YOU KNOW, I THINK BOTH
CAMPAIGNS ARE TRYING TO DEAL
WITH THE SITUATION IN A
SENSITIVE WAY KNOWING THAT SO
MANY OF OUR COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN
WITH ARE SUFFERING, BUT THOMAS,
THIS CIRCUMSTANCE DEMONSTRATES
AS CLEARLY AS ANYTHING I CAN
THINK OF, THE IMPORTANCE OF
HAVING A STRONG, FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT.
FEMA IS DOING A WONDERFUL JOB
AND THEY'RE GOING TO BE CALLED
UPON AND THESE TIMES REMIND US
IN A BIG WAY THAT WE ARE A BIG,
NATIONAL FAMILY AND WE CAN DO
THINGS COLLECTIVELY THAT WE CAN
NEVER ACCOMPLISH AS INDIVIDUALS
AND PART OF THAT IS TO PROVIDE
THE KIND OF PROTECTION AND
RELIEF AND RECOVERY THAT WE'RE
GOING TO NEED DURING THIS STORM
SITUATION.
>> YES.
CERTAINLY THERE IS NO PRECEDENT
ESPECIALLY FOR A NATURAL
ESPECIALLY FOR A NATURAL
DISASTER OF THIS SCALE ONE WEEK
BEFORE THE PRESIDENTIAL
ELECTION.
AS YOU POINT OUT, FEMA IS DOING
THE BEST IT CAN NOW BASED ON THE
DIRECTIVES OF THE PRESIDENT
SIGNING THOSE DECLARATIONS OF
NATIONAL DISASTER FOR NEW JERSEY
AND NEW YORK.
CHRIS CHRISTIE BEING HIGHLY
COMPLIMENTARY OF WHAT THE
PRESIDENT HAS DONE SO FAR FOR
HIS STATE IN BEING EASILY
ACCESSIBLE TO THE GOVERNOR TO
TALK ABOUT WHAT THEY'RE FACING
SINCE JERSEY TOOK THE BRUNT OF
THIS.
>> WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST
CONCERNS IN MOMENTUM AND GETTING
PEOPLE OUT AND THE ENTHUSIASM
AND REMINDING PEOPLE TO GET OUT
AND VOTE.
HOW DO YOU THINK THE STORM IS
GOING TO AFFECT THAT ESPECIALLY
IN OHIO WHERE IN SOUTHEASTERN,
OHIO, THEY'RE SUFFERING THE
EFFECTS OF SNOWFALL RIGHT NOW.
>> ABSOLUTELY, THEY ARE.
>> I GO BACK TO WHAT I SAID
EARLIER AND WITHOUT TRYING TO
POLITICIZE THIS THING, I BELIEVE
THAT THIS EVENT REMINDS US ONCE
AGAIN THAT THERE IS A PROPER
ROLE FOR GOVERNMENT AND THAT WE
NEED GOVERNMENT AS A PARTNER
WITH OUR STATE AND OUR LOCAL
COMMUNITIES AND THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT IS ESSENTIAL TO THAT,
AND, YOU KNOW, I REMIND PEOPLE
APPROPRIATELY SO THAT DURING THE
PRIMARY SEASON MITT ROMNEY WAS
TALKING ABOUT THE ADVANTAGES OF
PRIVATIZING FEMA OR TURNING
THESE RESPONSIBILITIES OVER TO
THE STATE.
WEIRA YOU WILL IN THIS TOGETHER
AND I THINK THIS STORM IS GOING
TO REMIND PEOPLE THAT THERE ARE
SOME THINGS GOVERNMENT MUST DO
AND CAN DO AND SHOULD DO AND WE
NEED TO SUPPORT IT, AND OUR
FIREFIGHTERS, OUR NURSES, OUR
POLICE OFFICERS ARE PUTTING
THEMSELVES IN HARM'S WAY DURING
THESE TERRIBLE TIMES ALSO
REMINDS US OF THE VALUE OF OUR
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES AND HOW WE
SHOULD HONOR THEM AND THE HEROES
THAT THEY ARE.
>> THE FIRST RESPONDERS HAVE
DONE A HECK OF A JOB OVER THE