TIME managing editor Richard Stengel met with Senator Obama in Portsmouth, N.H., for a talk on their flight to New York City. Here are highlights of their conversation:Howie P.S.: In a companion piece in TIME, "Obama Finds His Moment," you can find the "momentum" thread, if you that's what you seek.
You've been engaging with Senator Clinton in a more direct way. Is there a danger of damaging your brand of new politics?Would you say Al Gore is really the catalyst for concern about climate change?
If you look at every public statement I've made over the past two months, you'd be hard-pressed to say that at any point we've been gratuitous, nasty, personal. We've had some policy differences that we described. We're running for the presidency of the United States of America, not for student-council president. This has been a relatively civil campaign.
He has been working on this for decades. The country and the world caught up to him.
Would you offer him a job in an Obama Administration?
In a minute.
What about Bill Clinton?
In a second. There are few more talented people.