"We'll work and see where things go," said Spitzer, noting several times "it's a tough issue."
At one point, as he continued to defend the plan, he said, "as of now I think it's the right idea from a security perspective."
"The way policy gets created, you put out ideas. Most of them we've succeeded in implementing," he said.
"Sometimes you put out an idea and there isn't so much support and you try to persuade people and you see where you go. This is the way the world works."
Spitzer's Homeland Security director, Michael Balboni, originally conceded to The Post yesterday that while the administration is "not there" in terms of pulling the plug on the plan, "after all the things that have gone on, you'd have to be completely tone deaf not to pay attention. There are lots of discussions going on."