August 9th, 2010
04:59 PM ET
11 years ago

Axelrod: 'Totally fine' with no-show candidates

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="President Obama's Senior Advisor David Axelrod spoke about campaign politics in The Situation Room on Monday."]

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."

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. 8 Years of having a drunken driver at the wheel put America in the ditch, why would working Americans return the keys to the crowd drinking at the same bar?

    Finally, someone states the obvious.

    White is not "ignoring" President Obama, this is Texas, President Obama is popular in the large metro areas, such as Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio, but with the hicks in the "flyover" portions of the state, not so much. After all, Arlington and the Dallas Morning News were the ones that were parroting the neo-con talking points about how President Obama's "lesson plan" was a conspiracy to take over the feeble minds of their precious brats.

    If White had met with President Obama, Pompadour Perry and his handlers would have made such a spectacle, it would have made Charlie Crist's hug, pale by comparison.

    The Dems will give White the funds that the President is soliciting tonight, and White will meet with President Obama after he is elected Governor.

    August 9, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. Cindy

    A perfectly logical, honest answer. Love it!

    Ok now, let's hear some logical honest answer from the other side, regarding Sarah Palin support? Want, or no want? Rush Limbaugh too?

    August 9, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. BeverlyNC

    Not every Democratic candidate needs the help of President Obama to win their race but he is always willing to appear for those who ask.

    President Obama is primarily out to meet with the People, talk to them about the issues, listen to their stories, and stay in touch with the realities of average American life. The American People love seeing our President and his genuine concern over what is best and worst in their lives. He cares deeply about the People. He is not afraid of them like the Republicans are.

    The GOP do not care about anyone who is not rich and white but stand and pontificate the "American people do not want this" on every single issue. Sure..they are talking about the CORPORATE people who Republicans serve. If they actually had contact with a real middle class working person, they would, like George Bush, be wiping their hands off afraid of catching something from these "lesser People" as they have called the middle class.

    Democrats WORK for the People and take their oath to serve seriously. Republicans ignore the People and kneel at the altar of corporate wants and greed. They are dangerous for the working people for they will choose the welfare of the corporations over the needs of the worker every single time and have done so all year.

    We need to drain the swamp of anti-People,unAmerican, elitist Republicans so we can work faster to restore this country and our working class

    August 9, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. KM

    At least you are honest about it. Two Red states in search of a Governor who could be Democrat or Republican. Politics is about winning and every politician knows not to take it personal. We the American voter want to believe that it is not about winning.

    How can Congress have the lowest approval rating as a whole but its' members continue to get re-elected? Because most of us think that everyone else's Representative or Senator is the bad one so we keep electing the same individuals back into Congress.

    Just my opinion!!!!

    August 9, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. Willy Brown

    They are running scared in the White House.

    August 9, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. the real ib

    Darn; there will be some campaigns the president will miss; I'm sure he is in mourning since campaign is all he knows how to do.

    August 9, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |