Washington (CNN) – The president's Senior Advisor David Axelrod says he's "totally fine" with candidates in more conservative regions choosing not to campaign with President Obama this fall.
Axelrod told Wolf Blitzer in an interview for CNN's The Situation Room the President understands if candidates skip a chance to appear with him in their state.
His comments come after Texas Democratic gubernatorial nominee Bill White and Georgia gubernatorial nominee Roy Barnes campaigned elsewhere in the last week, instead of standing by President Obama's side.
"In fairness, we didn't carry Texas or Georgia, so the politics, for us, has always been a little challenge in those states", Axelrod said, "These candidates (are) running now. They're on the ballot. They're going to make the judgments they think are best for their campaigns. And I'm totally fine with that. The president understands that."
Asked if the president could be a liability in some states or districts, Axelrod told Wolf, "Look, I'm sure he's stronger in some districts and states than others. The one thing that I know is that fairly consistently, across the country, his numbers are substantially better than the Republicans' in Congress. So, you know, if you want to make that kind of comparison. But I think, ultimately, these races are going to be decided on the basis of the strength of those campaigns, the strength the candidates, on sometimes uniquely local issues. That's the way these campaigns run in mid-terms and we understand that."
Axelrod said that popularity in politics "is a dynamic force. The fact is that things change. But, look, these candidates are going to make the decisions they think are best for them. We wish them well."
He said expect to see First Lady Michelle Obama campaigning for candidates during the midterm elections, though he offered no specifics. Axelrod said, "I'm sure that she will. I think she feels strongly about the affirmative things that this administration has done. She's been a leader on some of them."