Mark Halperin’s three things to watch for in presidential politics for Friday, June 27:
1) Keep an eye on Barack Obama, who’s in France today. He’s set to talk security, transnational threats, and global economics with French President Nicolas Sarkozy Friday around 11 am ET. Sarkozy had some incredibly nice things to say about Obama to a French newspaper today, including that an Obama presidency “would validate” his strategy of reconciliation with the U.S. The two will hold a joint presser following the meeting, which is likely to get roadblocked news coverage. Watch to see how Obama handles that press conference.
2) Continue to watch to see how the press covers Obama’s trip overseas. There’s a little bit of a tilt now as we head towards the end of it, wrapping up Saturday evening in London. Pay attention to how the press starts to put things in context and looks at what Obama said and how it might’ve impacted the race. The Senator recently sat down and talked about his week-long foreign trip with CNN, highlighting the importance of international trade and security agreements with other nations. You can get Obama’s remarks and the latest on his trip, right here on The Page.
3) Pay attention to the press and its consideration of the latest national and state polling data. There’s a key Los Angeles Times story out Friday, that people will be looking at. The paper writes: Despite all the hububb over Obama, fresh polls show he’s mostly been unable to convert it into wider leads – and some prominent Dems still aren’t enthusiastic about his candidacy (You can read it on The Page). The coverage of the overseas trip has not been the Obama blowout or had the huge impact that few would have anticipated. Watch to see as we head into the weekend and the Sunday shows, how the press frames the race.