Wall Street rallied Tuesday on increased confidence that Hillary Clinton will win the White House. At a Clinton phone bank just a block away from the New York Stock Exchange, the mood was much more cautious.
"I'm trepidatiously positive," said a volunteer named James, a 41-year-old Brooklynite sending text messages to voters in Florida. He had wanted to go to Philadelphia for the day to help get out the vote there but the buses from New York were full. "I wanted to do something to somehow be of assistance, because I think Donald Trump actually represents an existential threat to the union," he said.
Cindy Cogdill, a 54-year-old academic adviser at Columbia University, also sat tapping away at a phone sending text messages. She volunteered over the weekend and on Tuesday had been at the texting center since 9:00 a.m. She said anxiety was what brought her out for the day.
"It's better to be here doing something productive for the cause, because I would be really upset with myself if I had not helped out," she said.
Over 500 volunteers are expected to filter in and out of the Clinton campaign's Manhattan field office extension in downtown Manhattan Tuesday. This afternoon they sat huddled at tables, making phone calls and sending text messages from a large room in an inconspicuous building just steps away from the famed Wall Street Charging Bull.
Ken Salazar, secretary of the interior under the Obama administration from 2009 to 2013, stopped by to thank the supporters for their work. He said he was in Colorado yesterday and assured the group the Centennial State would go blue. He recalled the 2000 race between George W. Bush and Al Gore in 2000 in Florida.