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Obama: ‘I actually wanna govern, at least for a couple of years.’

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke,Politics Digest

President Obama, speaking at his campaign-turned advocacy group, contradicted media reports that his primary focus right now is setting up House Democrats to retake the majority in the 2014 midterms.

“It’s not about 2014,” Obama told Organizing for Action this evening, per the pool report. “I actually wanna govern, at least for a couple of years.”  He added that “If a senator or congressman from a swing district is about to take a tough vote on immigration or guns, they need to feel supported.”

Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, explained that winning the House in 2014 is a high priority for Obama.

“After delivering his election victory speech in November, Obama walked off the Chicago stage and made two phone calls related to his political plans — one to Israel and one to Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the last Democratic House speaker,” The Washington Post wrote. “Israel said Obama told him ‘how focused he would be on winning a House majority for the Democrats, many of whom complained that the president did not do enough during his first term to help members on the Hill.”

Israel then met with Jim Messina, who managed Obama’s reelection campaign and now leads OFA.”The subject was the 2014  midterms,” Israel told the Post.

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