3:45 p.m. - Deputy White House Chief of Staff Jim Messina and other Obama officials just finished huddling with Senate Democrats here in the Capitol. I was told the topic was "messaging."
Since they've returned, we've heard Democrats try to refine their message with streamlined points: tax cuts for the middle class, and "made in America," which is their attempt to tap into populist fervor by saying – no more outsourcing.
On the big question of how and when to deal with expiring Bush tax cuts, several Democratic senators emerged from the meeting and said there was no decision.
But senators said they did talk about ways they can put legislation on the Senate floor during this short pre-election session that could show voters they are trying to keep jobs from going overseas.
Senator Chuck Schumer of New York said they talked about various ideas on how to do that, but would not elaborate.
"I think we'll do something, you'll see," he said.
Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia said "there needs to be an understanding that Americans don't like tax incentives" for businesses that he said "take their jobs out of America and put them overseas."
Traveling last week to see two Democrats in tight House races, we saw it was already clear that Democrats were seizing on the outsourcing message.
Pennsylvania Rep Patrick Murphy stood in his Bucks County campaign office and told us over and over again how his GOP opponent had cast votes that shipped jobs in his district overseas.
Rep. John Boccieri also hit that "no more outsourcing" message hard, when we caught up with him at the Stark Country fair in his Northeastern Ohio district.
I'm told that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius kicked off the closed door session talking about the health care law, which most Democrats are taking incoming fire on from GOP opponents on the campaign trail. Sources say they tried to arm Democrats with information that can help, like immediate benefits of the law that voters may not know about.