October 19th, 2010
09:03 PM ET
12 years ago

Axelrod on races to watch, Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy

Washington (CNN) - President Obama's senior adviser, David Axelrod, is weighing in on what races he thinks will be key indicators for how Democrats will fare on election night.

In an interview with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, Axelrod spoke about which returns he is most interested to see.

One race he spotlighted as a must watch was the Pennsylvania Senate race between Democrat Rep. Joe Sestak and former Congressman Republican Pat Toomey.

Axelrod called the contest "an East Coast harbinger of the kind of night it's going to be."

Axelrod also said he will be watching to see the results of states President Obama has visited while stumping for Democratic candidates– especially gubernatorial race in Ohio.

"The Ohio governor's race is a really interesting race." Axelrod said. "I think that Governor Strickland has rallied and is running a great campaign there. We'll be eager to see that. It's an important state."

During the interview, which aired Tuesday on John King, USA, Axelrod also weighed in on the future of the military's "don't ask don't tell" policy that bars gay men and lesbians from serving openly.

"I think it's - there is uncertainty about the court case and so that is a cautionary note that people should - should feel," Axelrod said.

"But the one thing that I will tell you, John, is this president has made a commitment, and it's not a question of whether that program, whether that policy will change, but - but when," he said. "We're at the end of a process with the Pentagon to - to make that transition, and we're going to see it through."

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  1. Jennifer

    Election night will be interesting. All the Republicans expecting a 1994 sweep are going to be disappointed for sure... watch.

    October 19, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  2. willard bullock

    I was vote obama for 2008 but im feeling strong my mind to change vote for repbluic 20012 cause he have problems too much and blame on replubic please axelrod are keep word close his mouth I don't want hear about demorcratic cause demorcratic have problems

    October 19, 2010 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  3. T'SAH from Virginia

    Soon we will be talking about DADT as if ti's in the PAST and it will be OVER!!! And yet another accomplishment brought to you by President Obama!!!

    People should start counting and once they have finished, they will realize that President Obama was not sitting on his ASH the two years he was in office. He PASSED BILLS and ACCOMPLISHED a lot – probably more than any other President in our history!! But MOST caught STM (short term memory) and they have Subliminal Message Syndrome brought to you by the FEAR FACTOR!!!

    FAR-RIGHT EXTREMIST are running!! WAKE UP and smell the CORRUPTION!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!

    October 19, 2010 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  4. George of the jungle

    Vote all the repos out. The president is commited to do what the majority of the military want. Thats one reason it is taking so long.

    October 19, 2010 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  5. barry

    Axelrod is just a thug. Why would anyone listen to that crook. He should have left with Emanuel.

    October 20, 2010 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  6. ray gibbs

    A no-brainer. Mr. President follow the Judge's restraining order–the decisions made.

    October 20, 2010 03:37 am at 3:37 am |
  7. J.V.Hodgson

    Races to watch he is probably right.
    DADT. This is the epitomy and classic example ( Roe vs Wade as well) of how much Religion interferes with democratic government in America that has a duty to protect minorities in the US. They also epitomise the dichotomy any politician faces being that constitutionally his /her religious beliefs must not influence his vote. So lawyerly/ litigious America comes up with convoluted legal verbiage/niceities to avoid the issue of whether a gay person can serve in the Military. It is a straight up and down vote in reality, either ban gays or accept them. Problem, the former is discrimination and fundamentally religious driven = REPS and Senators vote state religious majority thinking not what is morally, legally, constitutionally and democratically correct. They simply draft laws to avoid the issue.
    DADT is an abomination and only how to unwind it is a viable issue or question. They are Human beings and boy have I seen some really tough gay men... so stop discriminating. They can still choose to be "open" or try to keep thier proclivity quiet. Either way it should not affect thier right to serve thier country if they wish. As far as I know the constitution gives them that inalienable right!!

    October 20, 2010 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  8. German,IrishAmerican

    How come he was not asked about the blatant lie he and Obama were spreading last week about foreign money to Republicans? How come CNN doesn't report the Hill report that came out Monday that said Democrat PAC's have received almost twice as much from corporations that they have refused to disclose the name of. Something to hide Axelrod? Or just another free dirty campaign trick from Obama that the MSM will gloss over?

    October 20, 2010 03:51 am at 3:51 am |