Axelrod: 'I'm not negative, I'm just realistic'
October 4th, 2011
11:45 PM ET
11 years ago

Axelrod: 'I'm not negative, I'm just realistic'

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's senior campaign adviser chooses to remain practical when strategizing next year's re-election bid.

David Axelrod on Tuesday told CNN Anchor Erin Burnett that while he was very confident Obama would secure a two-term presidency in the 2012 election, he didn't expect the effort to be particularly easy.

"I'm not negative. I'm just realistic," Axelrod said in response to concerns the Obama re-election operation seemed pessimistic. He cited the economy as a pivotal issue Americans will follow to determine their choice for president.

Axelrod's sentiments echoed recent statements made by Vice President Joe Biden who said he agrees with Americans holding this administration, and not the last, accountable for the sluggish economy and job growth.

During his appearance on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront," Axelrod threw jabs at former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the GOP frontrunner in national polls. Axelrod said Romney's backpedaling from the healthcare legislation he instituted as governor is an indication of the candidate's wavering for political gain. The package received right-wing criticism for baring striking resemblance to Obama's healthcare reform bill.

"If he's the nominee, there'll be two people on that ballot, they'll each have records," Axelrod said, noting that while Americans will evaluate the economy under Obama's watch, they will also look to Romney's fiscal record.

Axelrod went on to analyze that record saying, "[Romney] talks about jobs, his state was 47th in job creation when he was governor of Massachusetts."

"He said he never raised taxes, it turns out that he raised fees in his state by $750 million a year," he continued, framing these points as issues that delegitimize Romney's plans of bringing America back from the red.

According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Tuesday, 37% of voters think Obama will win next year's presidential election.

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  1. PhonyRepubs

    Oh I definately know that our Pres o will win his sec term that is a given.
    Obama supporters have his back.
    The Repub party will fold once again

    October 5, 2011 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  2. 1crusader

    It's true that the public usually assigns blame to the sitting president for the state of the economy, but there are factors , in this case, that anybody with half a brain should consider.Not only did the president inherit a train wreck from George W. Bush, but the Republican members of Congress, who espouse the same flawed, Bush ideology of tax cuts and deregulation=a booming economy refuse to help President Obama untangle the mangled wreckage by passing any legislation that would help pull the economy out of the slump.The magnitude of the problem calls for drastic solutions, but they are not willing to do ANYTHING to fix the mess their party created.During the 2008 financial meltdown, their solution then was to stand idly by and fiddle, while Rome burned, telling us that the markets would correct themselves.they opposed, and voted against all measures to do ANYTHING.For the longest time, McCain and his advisor, Phil Gramm, denied that there was even a problem at all , and seemed to blame the public( Gramm did); saying that the recession was " mental"; and that we were just a bunch of "Whiners".That same ideology , coupled with their loathing of the president, have served to hold this country hostage; and the really BAD NEWS is that whoever the Republican presidential nominee is will be cut from that same mold.They will parrot the standard Republican articles of faith and talking points that haven't worked for anybody except corporations and top earners:1".Lower taxes and less regulation on the "Job creators" will produce jobs"; 2"Government can't solve our problems"; 3".Barack Obama's ideas are Socialistic".4." Barack Obama hasn't lead.His presidency is a failure." Congress, specifically Republicans in Congress, bears the majority of the blame for where we are right now, and not the president He isn't the problem. They are..I can't say that we've never had a Congress like this one in history, but certainly not in my lifetime; and if people can't see that , and vote for these same people to remain in Congress, and elect a Wall Street -owned president from that party, only to get more of the same,and worse, then America will deserve what they vote for,or in the case of those mad at the president for not doing all of what they expected, and sitting it out on him by not voting at all, then they will help elect someone who will, in all liklihood, make things worse.

    October 5, 2011 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  3. enough of lies

    you helped steal my retirement and my savings and all my investments and you should be hung up like the rest, your dealings with obama and tax cheat turbo timmy have caused grief in America and you need to leave like the rest. All we have now are destroyers of the American Dream and you are the ones who should fall and all in all Hank Williams had a truthful description of all of you.

    October 5, 2011 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  4. Jerry

    Hey Axelrody baby, good news! You are not negative, you are not realistic; you are just a divisive political moron. America does not need people like you and your ilk.

    Thank God you are "almost" gone from OUR Whitehouse. Come 2012, so will your playmates.

    America, prepare for 2012. Our future depends on IT!!!

    October 5, 2011 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    Yes it will be tough and so was 2008. This time it's NOT Rev. Wright but the "frightening far-RIGHT!" It's not that the far-RIGHT is in the majority – it's the fact that they are "poisoning" the media because they're speaking the LOUDEST.

    There are too many candidates on the RIGHT when in reality, only ONE can go up against President Obama. They are ALL saying the same thing because NONE of them have a mind of their own. Cain tries to "step out" or go rogue but then is quickly reminded where he came from. When you are in the SAME basket the you will ALL lose!! That is why they "desperately" seek Christie and Christie was smart enough to say NO!!

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 5, 2011 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  6. Little Jimmy Truth

    Good luck for creating "They Live!" again.

    October 5, 2011 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Well, given the current environment, I have to say that Axelrod is really being realistic. There is always the chance that your candidate could lose. Given the current political climate, there is a real concern that Obama could lose because of the distrust of everyone in government. The tea people have made government out to be an evil thing. The problem there is that they offer no alternative to helping people who need help. Obama has put effort to show that not all government is bad.

    October 5, 2011 07:23 am at 7:23 am |