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Reporters laugh off Carney suggestion to ignore ‘series of polls’ showing Obama job approval slipping [VIDEO]

Vince Coglianese Editorial Director

From the March 13, 2013 White House press conference:

White House press secretary Jay Carney: “Mara?”

NPR reporter Mara Liasson: “You said earlier that Republicans consider this [the sequester] a home run, you called it a ‘tea party victory’…”

Carney: “Those are quotes …”

Liasson: “Yeah, I know. I’m assuming you were quoting Republicans, right.”

Carney: “… from the fine work of the fourth estate.”

Liasson: “But the recent polls have shown that the president’s job approval, especially on the economy, has taken a hit, as the gridlock and the sequester has gone forward. It seems like he owns the economy and dysfunction in Washington no matter you’ve tried to do. I’m wondering whether you think your efforts to explain to the country that it’s the Republicans’ fault have fallen short.”

Carney: “I would say a couple of things. First of all, as I say repeatedly and as we experienced together communally: Be careful of making too much of any individual poll …”

Liasson: “Well, there are a series of polls.”

Carney: “…or even a series of polls.”

Reporters laugh

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