Axelrod acknowledges 'titanic struggle' for Obama bid
September 27th, 2011
12:24 PM ET
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Axelrod acknowledges 'titanic struggle' for Obama bid

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - In a blunt admission Tuesday, Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod acknowledged the president's re-election bid would be a "titanic struggle" in the face of the slumping economy and unpopular partisan gridlock in Washington.

"We had the wind at our back in 2008," he said. "We don't have the wind at our backs in this election. We have the wind in our face because the American people have the wind in their faces."


Axelrod told a New Hampshire audience the president was "on the right side of the struggle" and would ultimately triumph over his GOP competitors in 2012.

"It's not going to be enough to simply point fingers of blame and try to lay on him responsibility for all of America's ills without offering credible prescriptions for how we solve them," he said of the Republican slate on presidential hopefuls.

The top Obama strategist spoke Tuesday at a hallowed New Hampshire political stop, Politics and Eggs, which is hosted at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.

In comments to the press after his speech, Axelrod said the president would meet his fundraising goals this quarter, but he continued to lower expectations of a big number.

"I think we're going to have a healthy quarter and we're going to hit our targets. But you know, it's hard," Axelrod said, citing the economic slump as a challenge in courting donors. "Raising money is hard right now."

He added the campaign had been forced to cancel several fundraising events this summer while the president spent time in Washington negotiating with Congress on a deal to raise the debt ceiling.

Axelrod did say that despite some expectations to the contrary the fundraising report would show the campaign has continued to bring in the small, individual donations that helped propel President Obama to success in 2008.

He is not the first Obama campaign official to tamp down expectations of a large haul this quarter, which ends Sept. 30. CNN's Jessica Yellin reported Obama campaign manager Jim Messina has told supporters his goal for this quarter is to raise $55 million for the Obama campaign, Victory Fund and the Democratic Party combined. Last quarter the campaign raised $86 million.

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The ability of the republicans to continue to vote against any program that would help the American people recover from the Bush republican near depression, may well cost President Obama a second term. That, and the republican suppress the vote effort could be very damaging.

    September 27, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. diridi

    Bring the Unemployment down, he will win.....o.k, bla..blaa black sheep, have you any wool, yes, sir, yes sir, three bags full.....

    September 27, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. Obama/Biden 2012 -- Because 4 years of FAILURE just isn't enough

    "It's not going to be enough to simply point fingers of blame and try to lay on him responsibility for all of America's ills without offering credible prescriptions for how we solve them," he said of the Republican slate on presidential hopefuls.
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    Say what??? Isn't this EXACTLY how OBAMA got elected in 2008??? Remember? That old Hope and Changey thing followed by "Yes we can!"??? And then came the bogus socialist "solutions", covered with class warfare and a heaping side of non-stop business demonization. The FACT is that Obama is a clset socialist and he hasn't a CLUE about how to fix a capitalist system, except to damage it further. Four more years of Obama will be the END of this country as we know it. 10% unemployment will be the new "norm".

    September 27, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. Just As I Thought

    Could we be seeing a pivot to Hillary 2012???? I never thought Obambi wanted anything other than the "fame and fortune" of being President, ofwhich he has......so, look for him to bow out!
    Will Pallidin and Rudy NYC, and other Dems will then have to go to WORK! tee hee

    September 27, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    You know, I really dislike this Obama disciple........because I have heard him blatantly lie about too many things, to make Obama look better in the media.

    If you can't tell the truth, then maybe no one should be listening to you, at all.

    September 27, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. Expat American

    Republicans have been waging class warfare for decades – against poor whites, who, for some reason will always vote for them.

    That’s odd…..

    September 27, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. Lind

    You need to wind your way back to W's first term as President, not to 2008. The misguided unpaid for war in Iraq and tax cuts depleted the surplus and eroded the USA's financial footing. It took 8 years to put the USA in this situation. Why would anyone think that in a matter of four years we would be able to dig ourselves out? Especially, with the Republican extremists in the House.

    September 27, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    @ Just as I thought – If republicans win, I will have to work until I die, because you republicans will eliminate social security. Under Bush, we saw the stock market drop from over 14,000 to under 8,000 points, and that eliminated most of my retirement nest egg.

    September 27, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    "Bring the Unemployment down, he will win.....o.k, bla..blaa black sheep, have you any wool, yes, sir, yes sir, three bags full....."
    -----
    Someone's off their meds...

    September 27, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. Terry, VA

    The wind at your back was all the college kids and people that was easily fooled by someone that could read speeches from a teleprompter. It also didn't hurt that Obummie is black and everyone said how cool is that. Over 2 1/2 years later the teleprompter doesn't work because his POLICIES don't work. This is a nation or at least used to be of hardchargers and people that got it done. Now, Obummie has made us a nation of foodstamps and handouts. His POLICIES have killed business and he has created a welfare state. I think this was his plan all along. Those of us that was paying attention were told before he got in office that he would take from those that produce and give to those that don't. Job well done Obummie. You are one and done though.

    September 27, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Obama gave "hope" to 50 million people who do not have access to affordable health care. The republicans, on the other hand, have given hope to less than 1% of the population, and ruined the middle class.

    September 27, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    How can any paid teabagging blogger from Fox, talk about people who actually work for a living?

    September 27, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. Terry, VA

    @diridi...you are always entertaining. You never have anything revelent to say. You are just Obummie's cheerleader. I'm glad Obummie is supporting you and you can post all day.

    September 27, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. Big Al

    Americans are taxed too low. More money should go to help Africa, Israel, Pakistan and Haiti.

    September 27, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. R

    Didn't CNN have a political ticker, not too long ago, where Axelrod said he believed (or knew) that Obama would win again? I'm paraphrasing, only because I can't find that article. I'm curious though as to what is making him sing a slightly different tune now. Perhaps he is starting to understand, that alot of Americans simply are no longer impressed with being a Republican or a Democrat. Perhaps he's starting to see that they all need to be very afraid of the American public, because we've had it with all the nonsense. When is congress going to start doing what's right for this country? The American public has been having to make difficult decisions to try and stay afloat – when is congress going to do the same?

    Oh..and Diridi – it's "baa baa black sheep..." Although certainly every politician is good at speaking bla bla.

    September 27, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. Terry, VA

    @ wierd paddle,sf......do you call checking a person's legal status voter suppression? I guess you want illegal aliens, prisioners, and dead people to vote. That along with black panthers keeping old white folks from voting is just fine with you? All legal people should be allowed but not one illegal vote should count.

    September 27, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. Johnny D

    Good old shady Dave Axlerod starting to put the underdog card out there already? I'm not going to say the President can't win re-election but there is no momentum and only 14 months to go. Truth is Axlerod and David Plouffe are as responsible as anybody for unleashing Obama on us.

    - gitmo still open
    - helath law majority does not want
    - failed stimulus package and now wanting to get it all back with one roll of the dice like a bad gambler a.k.a "jobs bill"
    - no end in Afghanistan yet
    - worst AG in my memory with Eric Holder
    - refusal to do anything but blame somebody else for his shortcomings

    September 27, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Obama/Biden 2012 -- Because 4 years of FAILURE just isn't enough

    You need to wind your way back to W's first term as President, not to 2008. The misguided unpaid for war in Iraq and tax cuts depleted the surplus and eroded the USA's financial footing. It took 8 years to put the USA in this situation. Why would anyone think that in a matter of four years we would be able to dig ourselves out? Especially, with the Republican extremists in the House.
    ==================================================================================================
    Are you living in the USA??? Most of George Bush's two terms had economic GROWTH and LOW UNEMPLOYMENT. What tanked the FINANCIAL SYSTEM was the TRILLIONS in bad sub-prime mortgages to people who never should have been given money for a house in the first place. What triggered or contributed to it was the huge increase in oil that sucked all disposable income out of the economy. Obama, the Democrats and their leftist "progressives" have used this situation to further their leftist policies instead of addressing the underlying issues. THAT is why Obama will not be re-elected.

    September 27, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  19. Jeff from Va

    Blah, Blah, Blah, blame everything on the Republicans, he asked for the "JOB", not as easy as he thought it would be. Just tell me what he has done this year other the fund raising on our money, sure he goes out west on our money to push the "Jobs Bill", but while I am here, and it don't cost me anything, lets do some fund raising, that is one thing that I know how to do. You can say what you want, but I really believe that the majority of people know that there is a real problem is Washington, on both sides of the aisle, and I believe that more changes will be made.

    September 27, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  20. NYCitizen

    When Obama was campaigning for this current Presidency, he quoted his wife as saying "...we are only doing this once..." Soooo, don't expect him to have a second term.

    September 27, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  21. NYC REPUB

    Obama 2012!!!!

    September 27, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "Say what??? Isn't this EXACTLY how OBAMA got elected in 2008??? Remember? That old Hope and Changey thing followed by "Yes we can!"??? And then came the bogus socialist "solutions", covered with class warfare and a heaping side of non-stop business demonization. The FACT is that Obama is a clset socialist and he hasn't a CLUE about how to fix a capitalist system, except to damage it further. Four more years of Obama will be the END of this country as we know it. 10% unemployment will be the new "norm"."

    That is one EXTERMELY impressive stringing together of Red State/Crossroads talking opints and Luntz-esque focus-group tested catch phrases. You sure you're not a robot?

    September 27, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    "The difference between brilliance and ignorance is simple. Brilliance knows its' limits and ignorance has no bounds." Albert Einstein

    September 27, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. BeverlyNC

    I stand with President Obama. He has been an outstanding leader who has worked tirelessly to restore America from 10 years of Bush disaster policies – two fraudulent wars that ran our deficit up into the TRILLIONS, killed our soldiers for a LIE, and committed international war crimes on torture Cheney should be in jail for right now. Karl Rove outted a CIA agent because her husband would not lie so they could claim Iraq had WMD. Outting a CIA is an act of treason and Rove should be in prison for life. Republicans lifted all banking regulations and the banks subsequently brought down our fiinancial system, our housing market and our entire economy. LAY THE BLAME WHERE IT BELONGS – ON THE REPUBLICANS WHO ENGINEERED THIS ECONOMIC DISASTER AND THE REPUBLICANS WHO HAVE BLOCKED, LIED AND OBSTRUCTED EVERY EFFORT TO CREATE JOBS, HELP THE UNEMPLOYED, MAKE SURE THE BANKS CAN'T DO THIS TO US AGAIN, AND RESTORE AMERICA. REPUBLICANS ARE PLAYING A SICK GAME WHERE THEY WANT AMERICA TO FAIL FOR PERCEIVED POLITCAL GAIN. IT'S TIME WE STAND WITH THE ONE PERSON WHO IS WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE – PRESIDENT OBAMA!

    September 27, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "Could we be seeing a pivot to Hillary 2012???? "

    Not even close. Do you pay attention to anything other than the signals beamed into your tinfoil "idea reception device"? Moving on...

    September 27, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
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