Axelrod memo tries to rally support for jobs act
October 11th, 2011
12:01 AM ET
11 years ago

Axelrod memo tries to rally support for jobs act

(CNN) - As the Senate prepares to vote on President Obama's jobs bill, the Obama campaign released a memo by senior strategist David Axelrod that seems designed to give wavering senators reason to vote for the bill: it makes the case that "there is no Republican alternative that would create jobs now."

The memo, filled with polling data, says "the American people have rallied around Obama's call to pass this plan" and that "after 3 weeks of advocacy by the President, support (for the jobs bill) has grown by nearly 10%."

Axelrod also takes on the Republican charge that the president is engaging in class warfare, writing that a majority of Americans support the Democrats’ millionaire’s tax - increased income taxes on people who earn a $1 million or more a year.

"While Republicans may claim that this is class warfare, the American people are seeing right through their opposition to asking the wealthiest to do their part," the memo says.

Axelrod cites data that show that independents increasingly trust the president more than they do the Republicans to create jobs.

In the end, the memo is unlikely to change Republicans minds. But a number of Democratic senators have expressed uncertainty about the bill, including moderate Democrats and those facing tough re-election fights.

The jobs bill the Senate will vote on Tuesday evening is not expected to get the 60 votes needed to clear a procedural hurdle, which means the Senate would not formally take up the bill.

Filed under: 2012 • David Axelrod • Jobs • President Obama • Senate
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  1. Thad

    If you want jobs back in america double tax these corporations with overseas factories. Fine companies that use illegal workers.Give people with criminal past a second chance.Stop borrowing money from china and stop trying to steal arab oil with all these wars.

    October 11, 2011 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  2. willard

    I'm really sick of alexdo at chicago so why alexdo was left at white house. That I said mocked out of presdient obama cause he was too much problems his job for 3 years so obama are not christian cause he was still keep his musilims that he was dangerous of risk his job

    October 11, 2011 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  3. normajean

    If the Democrats don't stand behind our president, how can we expect the Repubs to go along with his plans. The Democrat senators might want to give serious thought to their futures if they can't be there when the voters need them, then maybe we won't need them after the next election!!!!

    October 11, 2011 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  4. Lou

    Senators are concerned about tough reelection fights? That's the whole point of american anger you now see in the Occupy Wall Street movement! Washington is filled with politicians whose primary focus is how to keep their jobs rather that what needs to be done to solve america's problems. With Citizen's united ruling, the Karl Rove's of this political system only interested in political score keeping and money's influence and ability to serve the ruling class, along with record filibusters in the Senate, it is clear that the United States has a corrupt government incapable of maintaining democracy and it's core principles. People now see through it all. They are sick of hypocrisy, they are sick of political rhetoric, they are sick of what has happened to america and its political system, and they are sick of the media's role in all of this, who also serve the same corporate masters rather than the people. I look forward to seeing this movement gather steam in the days and months ahead and am so proud of these citizens that have renewed my faith in the people.

    October 11, 2011 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  5. anon-i-mouse

    Until we have Congressional representatives who care as much about this country as they do about their party, our country is going no where. I'm afraid we're in for a much longer recovery than is necessary because this time around, the Republicans are not going to allow anything until after the election.

    I don't understand how so many Americans are so blind to what goes on and buy the sound bites as 'fact'. I guess I mostly blame the Americans for keeping themselves uninformed and blame the rest on the media who pass on the sound bites as fact without doing any "real" journalism.

    October 11, 2011 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    While I feel sympathetic for democrats who are facing a tough reelection, I would like to remind them, that 99% of Americans, have had an extremely difficult decade, and are facing impossible odds if the bill does not pass. It is time for all elected senators to put the American people above their own self interests.

    October 11, 2011 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  7. T'sah from Virginia

    We need jobs NOW! What's the big deal? I am sure there are MANY Republicans out there that need jobs too!! I am sure there are also Republicans out there that's "Occupying" our cities because they are in the same boat. WE, the people are demanding change and the Senate and the Congress better do something NOW.... PASS THE JOBS BILL!!

    October 11, 2011 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  8. AlaskaPalin

    Obama handed more money (bailouts) to wall street (cooperate america) than any other president (he continued bush tax breaks). For three years he owned this economy so if you are not working, becoming prosperous or wealthy in this economy; its obamas economy so it is he who is to be blamed not wall street. What is most disappointing to the american people is the way he allowed himself to be rolled over by the republicans. The fight he is fighting now should have started two years ago. When perry becomes president we will return to the era of decisive leadership. Romney=obama!

    October 11, 2011 08:03 am at 8:03 am |