Prez preparations for 2012
February 24th, 2011
05:36 PM ET
9 years ago

Prez preparations for 2012

(CNN) - President Barack Obama will file the official paperwork within weeks to begin collecting money for his re-election campaign in 2012, which will cost more than his successful 2008 run, top aide David Axelrod told CNN this week.

In an exclusive interview with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, Axelrod said field organizers would begin fanning out in targeted states by early spring to kick off the campaign effort.

"You know, I think we can have people there pretty early," Axelrod told King. "We believe very strongly in grassroots organizing. We believe that elections are determined not by … political decisions made in Washington, but by decisions that people make at the grassroots, and that the most effective salespeople for a ticket or party or candidate are neighbors talking to neighbors."

Calling such campaigning a "labor intensive process," Axelrod said "we'll have people working very, very soon," adding: "I think the process will begin in the spring."

While he refused to offer a specific figure for the expected cost of the re-election effort, Axelrod did not object when King noted some Obama loyalists have suggested the cost this election cycle could exceed $1 billion.

In 2008, Obama raised more than $700 million in what was the most expensive presidential race in history.

Axelrod was Obama's senior adviser in the White House until he returned to Chicago, Illinois, at the start of February to begin organizing the re-election effort.

The interview with Axelrod was broadcast in two parts on "John King USA" on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Filed under: 2012 • David Axelrod
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Diana

    This man is one of the most gifted statesman the world has ever seen.

    Congratulations America for having elected him.

    February 24, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. S. In California

    Can you say TWO TERM PRESIDENT? I will contribute ONCE AGAIN Mr. President.

    February 24, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. Kathleen Farrell

    An extraordinary visionary, a beacon to the world.

    February 24, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. Sgt Schultz

    Yes Obama you have my support 110%. I just hope you stick with your message from the beginning, when you took on the Billary machine. Stay true to your word, and don't let your advisors try to turn you into a business as usual leader like Clinton.
    America urgently needs a reformer in chief.

    February 24, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  5. Dem Bums

    Obama is a clown. Sure, the state-run media will try to prop him up for 2012, but the American people have wised up to this shallow, empty suit of a man.

    The world is laughing at us.

    February 24, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  6. B.

    Thank you Mr. President. You have my vote in 2012.

    February 24, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  7. Palin Power

    President Obama will be a 1 term EPIC FAIL and he will LOSE to Sarah Palin in 2012! We will have 2 great terms of President Sarah Palin.

    February 24, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Thanks to the Supreme Court Justices campaign contributions can come from all over the World and Oh boy the World loves President Obama, if Democrats haven't opt out of this kind of funding and I hope they don't because Republicans are taking money from wherever they can get it and Karl Rove loves it. I hope that Republicans get punked big time on this one.

    February 24, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  9. Name unsung

    I love my president!!! Yes we will, AGAIN!!!

    February 24, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  10. Monster Zero

    This man is one of the most gifted snake oil salesman the world has ever seen. No amount of lies or cover ups will stand up to public scrutiny that is why them must be hid, the hate and fear the tea partiers have of this idiot is well deserved and the damage he has inflicted upon us will soon reveal itself as our Nation transitions from greatness to boom shackalackaville.

    February 24, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  11. Joe

    Game on. Hopeful someone else gets elected before he completely destroys the US>

    February 24, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  12. Four and The Door

    I will be surprised if he is even the Democratic nominee. He can't win. There have been too many failures and if November elections didn't make it clear enough, American voters want to see results, not just promises and excuses. It's clear that 2008 was a mistake and we will just move on from here. We can do better. Much better.

    February 24, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. Monster Zero


    This man is one of the most gifted statesman the world has ever seen.

    Congratulations America for having elected him.
    Yes you're welcome Diana, and to think it only cost each American around $35,000 dollars a piece. Can we get a refund now or must we wait till 2012?

    February 24, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  14. duckbutter

    ... these election seem like there all the time... how about working on getting jobs....not just yours...

    February 24, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  15. IndypendentIn09

    "some Obama loyalists have suggested the cost this election cycle could exceed $1 billion."

    With his lousy record in office thus far, it will no doubt take a billion dollars to buy the white house this time.

    February 24, 2011 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  16. dan

    Finally, he will be back at what he is very good at: campaigning!

    February 24, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |