June 17th, 2011
02:44 PM ET
11 years ago

Axelrod: Emotion of voters key in 2012

(CNN) - David Axelrod, senior strategist for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, said Thursday that a high unemployment rate will not doom the president's chances of remaining in the Oval Office.

"The fundamental issue is how do people feel? Do they feel like we're making progress?" Axelrod told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. "Do they feel like we're moving in the right direction and do they feel like the person on the other side of the ballot would hold out greater hope."

"I'm very confident that - that we will be in the right place," he added.

Axelrod also predicted that unemployment will improve as Election Day nears.

"I believe we'll make improvement just as we've made - you know, we were at 10.2. It's down to 9. I think that it will go down," Axelrod said.

Catch more of Candy's interview with Axelrod from Chicago this Sunday on CNN's State of the Union.

Watch State of the Union with Candy Crowley Sundays at 9am ET. For the latest from State of the Union click here.

Filed under: 2012 • David Axelrod • President Obama • TV-State of the Union
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Big George in Big D

    Bad hair combover dude! Shut up and climb back in Nobama the Loser's corner! He's toast.

    June 17, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. obama victim

    well let's review.............we have massive unemployment...inflation is creeping up...gas is 4 bux....the value of my house is crashing....the national debt keeps going up.....and three wars...did I miss anything?? does anyone really think we are going in the right direction??.....I didn't think so

    June 17, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. gt

    sorry david its a not about progress... its all about each family finace..its about the pocket book...

    June 17, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. Vanessa

    Obama all the way!!

    June 17, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. AZ DEM

    No David you HOPE it will go down..leave it up to the GOP and it will be near 11% they will do just about anything to try and get Obama out of office..i hope people are seeing through their games.

    June 17, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. S. In California - Obama 2012

    Considering the "options" the president FULLY has my vote.

    June 17, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. glenda

    No Axelrod(hemmoroid) we don't thinnk the man in the Oval Office is doing a good job. In fact we think he needs to be tried for treason. He is a fraud, a traitor to our country and if allowed he will destroy America.

    June 17, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The unemployment rate according to Barbour and the GOP will improve with the Bush era tax cuts because giving more money to the rich will create jobs and it has, a "snow job".

    June 17, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Almost 70% of Americans think we are going in the wrong direction and nearly 60% disapprove of the way Obama is handling the economy. Don't you just love how Axelrod can't admit what everybody already knows? Obama is a one termer. The country and most Americans can't afford another term like this one.

    June 17, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. Ex-Republican

    The republicans have emotionally drained me and most of the country.

    June 17, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. jon in Rochester

    I'm a Democrat. I hate to say this but we need to convince Obama not to run next year and get a candidate that can show some leadership. Yes, he has had his hands tied in some instances with the party of "No", but I think that there are times that he could have done more to show some backbone. We voted for change, not a third term for GWB and politics as usual.

    June 17, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. mj

    How do I feel? No jobs, no relief in food costs, no stimulus, no Obama.

    June 17, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. Maadmax

    I totally agree with Mr.Axelrod! If it weren't for the decisions President Obama made thus far (as far as our economy) who knows where we would be. Yes, things are bad, but they could be worst! All the nay-sayers (majority of Republicans in Congress) had an opportunity way before Obama to prevent all this, so why would any American now give them a chance in cleaning it up!

    Obama is making headway, not at everyone's pace, but headway. The Republicans are a direct cause for our unemployment rate, after all, it started with Raganomics, and the war thirsty past President we just had that flush the toilet on us. It's time Republicans wake up, if they believe they have a chance in winning the white house in 2012, I can tell them right now, they have none! (just take a look the potential president candidates).

    June 17, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. Four and The Door

    Unfortunate for Obama and Harry Reid, Americans are intelligent enough to vote with both sides of their brain. They will look around themselves and see a sad future developing for the country. This is the path Obama has put us on. Servitude to China, families renting instead of owning homes and a health care system where waiting for care is measured in terms of months and years instead of days and weeks.

    June 17, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. Brett

    Feelings? What's next, the Teapublicans gonna start holding hands and singing Kumbhaya?

    June 17, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. RLA

    Oh yes we should ll vote our touchie/feeley side like we did in the last election. HMMMM HOW DID THAT WORK OUT!

    June 17, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  17. Republicans, The "Not Intended To Be Factually Accurate" Party

    The Democratic President has won the argument on Foreign Policy, Defense and Tough-on-Terrorism so much so that the GOP is now advocating that we withdrawn from Afghanistan & Iraq and end our involvement in Libya.

    On the economy, the GOP will continue to "double-down" on their BIG LIE: Tax cuts for the rich, wealthy and affluent result in robust economic growth that increses employment.

    The way to beat them is for the President to be seen addressing fundamentally sound budget and economic underpinnings. Furthermore, he needs demonstrate that his is conversant on the topic.

    1.) National Debt Reduction (pay it off) plan: Impacts interest rates, and the world's view of America as the safest place to invest and charter corporations

    2.) Fairness in the Tax Code: Eliminate deductions and loopholes ONLY. Do Not Reduce Tax Rates until you gauge how much revenue can be gained. Tells the world that you don't win in America by manipulating; you win by performing.

    3.) Elimination of Red Tape that delay's decisions – We will protect our citizens through safety laws but if you are willing to operate lawfully, you can move quickly to do whatever you need to do in business.

    4.) Help Households rebuild their balance sheets. Reduce credit card and car interest rates from usory levels so that money flows into households and not Wall Street firm's offshore accounts. Advance policies which encourage household savings to build a sense of wealth that leads to the ability to engage in consumer spending.

    June 17, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "The fundamental issue is how do people feel? Do they feel like we're making progress?"

    The only progress we're making is toward national bankruptcy, and the only thing the imbecile Spendthrift-in-Chief can think of to do is demand we spend more. Only a nation of idiots would re-elect this dolt.

    June 17, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  19. bearced

    @ Glenda, Are you aware that GW Bush is no longer in office?

    June 17, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. GI Joe

    It's impossible to get anything passed to give him to sign -- thanks to the HELL NO CAUCUS the republicans have filibustered a record number of times in the last 2-1/2 years because their sole purpose in DC has been to destroy our first half-white President, even if it means destroying the entire country.

    June 17, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    I'd like to see ANY of you build a house without putting any money into it. Or how about buying a car without investing money into the initial down payment.

    We will get NOTHING without the investment. We will have no police, no firemen, no roads, no airports, NOTHING.

    June 17, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |