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Hello everyone,

From the book Thank You for Being Late by Thomas Friedman.

They wanted a congressman to be handsome, brave, and true and they wanted me to pay attention to them. I never felt that other than a lunatic fringe of the left and right that people were really pushing me. The principal thing for people was: were you paying attention to them.

Does "push" here mean press/put pressure (figuratively), i.e. people, with the exception of a lunatic fringe of the left and right, didn't press him?

Thank you.
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