"SAN JOSE -- Meg Whitman seemed to be on a mission as she moved from table to table inside Saigon Kitchen, a restaurant in the heart of this city's Vietnamese community.
"Anything else you think I should be doing?" she asked one group of community leaders. "I mean, because you are a very important group that could well swing the outcome of this election."
The candidate who seemingly has unlimited resources is now faced with polls showing her behind and a dwindling resource that she can't replenish: time.
I sat down with Whitman for a brief chat Saturday morning after she made her way through the crowded restaurant, a conversation that we excerpted this morning on The California Report.
Below, you can hear the entire Q&A. For those following this race intently, you may not think you hear a lot new in our conversation. But what did seem striking to me was that this seemed to be Meg Whitman at her most 'organic' -- and by that, I mean the least laden with the rehearsed quips and catch phrases that have at times been the only answers reporters are given for most every question.
This time, although the topic was familiar, the GOP nominee seemed to answer in her own words. She also offered up some compelling new ways of thinking about the issues she's been pushing all year long -- including a call for Silicon Valley firms to look a little less far away when setting up their auxiliary operations. (And by the way, Whitman seems to be right; the cost-of-living in, say, Fresno does seem to be lower than a place like Salt Lake City.)
Note: this conversation marked the fulfillment of a request made weeks ago to the Whitman campaign. So far, her opponent Jerry Brown has not replied to our request for a similar conversation.