Mark Halperin’s three things to watch for in politics for Friday, March 5.
1. Watch the stock market. Watch to see if it’s up or down and how that movement affects the economic debate going into the weekend.
2. Watch the reaction to the unemployment numbers released today. They showed that 651,000 people lost their jobs in February, bringing the jobless rate to 8.1 percent, the highest since 1983. Watch to see if this bad news helps the administration strengthen the argument for its economic agenda.
3. Watch President Obama on the road today in Ohio. At 11 am ET, he’s set to address Columbus police recruits whose jobs were saved by the stimulus plan. Watch what he says to them in his continued efforts to keep driving his economic agenda. Also watch to see if there’s any momentum for him coming out of yesterday’s health care summit and whether the debate on the issue continues into the weekend.