(CNN) - Even though Senior White House Adviser David Axelrod contends that Republicans will win seats in the November elections, he still wasn't willing to budge Sunday on bipartisanship or extending all of the Bush-era tax cuts.
"It's up to us to extend our hand (to Republicans) as we have before," Axelrod told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley on "State of the Union." "It's up to them to decide whether they're going to take it or whether they're going to do what they've done for the last 2 years."
On tax cuts, Axelrod wouldn't say if there was wiggle room in the White House stand that only individuals making up to $200,000 and families earning up to $250,0000 a year should have the lower tax rates enacted in 2001 and 2003 extended.
The policy would mean that the 2 percent of the population earning more would have their tax rates on amounts above the $200,000-$250,000 threshold increase to levels from the 1990s.
"We don't think tax cuts for the middle class should be held hostage for tax cuts for the wealthy," Axelrod said. When asked if that position was up for negotiation Axelrod said, "You heard my position."
Axelrod also continued the White House's line of attack on outside groups that are contributing record amounts of cash to candidates in this election cycle, but aren't legally required to disclose where the money is coming from.
"This is about the economy because if an interest group can give millions of dollars to Karl Rove secretly and he can run ads, negative ads against Democratic candidates across the country... they're going to have a tremendous influence over the future," Axelrod said.
He also said the money that Rove, a key GOP strategist during the George W. Bush administration, plans to spend in the final two weeks leading up to the November 2 elections will be more than Democrats plan to spend in the entire cycle, something Axelrod called "fundamentally wrong."
Axelrod mentioned Rove at least 5 times during the interview and said it was Republicans, led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, that were holding up reform on the campaign spending issue.
"He (McConnell) wants unfettered ability to tap these special interests to support his candidates," Axelrod said. "You should direct your questions to McConnell."
Gary Bauer, the chairman of the Campaign for Working Families that is targeting Democratic candidates in campaign ads, said he would not release the names of his donors because by law, he doesn't have to.
"I don't write the laws and I don't make the court decisions," Bauer said.
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