10/10/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Obama Camp Manager: Stop "Hyperventilating" Over National Polls

With John McCain's traveling press corps cooling their heels here as they waited for McCain to wrap up a fundraiser, Barack Obama's campaign knew a captive audience when they saw one. The Obama campaign extended an invitation for us to drop by Obama's campaign headquarters for a briefing by their campaign manager David Plouffe.

Sitting under a charcoal sketch of the Obama family that was donated by a supporter, Plouffe said that they weren't concerned by the bump in poll numbers that McCain has experienced after the Republican convention and the announcement of Sarah Palin as his running mate.

"There's a lot of hyperventilating about national polls," Plouffe said, which wasn't a surprise since both a CBS News poll and the Gallup daily tracking poll showed McCain taking the lead nationally in the presidential race. "When you look at battleground states, we feel very good about where we are."

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