Axelrod blames GOP for immigration stalemate
April 22nd, 2012
10:12 AM ET
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Axelrod blames GOP for immigration stalemate

(CNN) – Obama re-election campaign senior adviser David Axelrod put the onus on Republicans for the failure to pass immigration reform in the president's first term.

Axelrod said a congressional "reign of terror" has prevented supportive Republicans from cooperating on immigration issues, which were a hallmark of President Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.

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"The nature of Washington is not monolithic opposition to everything the chief executive wants to do as a political strategy, and that is what happened here," Axelrod said on CNN's "State of the Union." "I think a lot of Republicans in Congress want to cooperate, know better, but they're in the thralls of this reign of terror from the far right that has dragged the party to the right."

Axelrod said it would be unfair to blame the president when Republicans were unwilling to work with him on a bill and blocked passage of the DREAM Act. Obama has vowed to address reform at the beginning of his second term while both political parties jockey for the Hispanic vote.

"To say that, because you have an implacable group of Republicans in Congress who simply won't let that move, that the president hasn't kept his promise, is a bit disingenuous," Axelrod told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.

He said there will be a renewed opportunity to tackle the issues "when the president wins re-election," if not before.

"I think that these folks are going to recognize when they lose this election that that was the wrong path to take and now's the time for a season of cooperation," Axelrod said.

Alex Franceschi, the Hispanic press secretary for the Republican National Committee, responded to Axelrod by pointing to the failure of the DREAM Act, which occurred when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress, as evidence of Obama's record on immigration.

"Candidate Obama promised he would make immigration reform a top priority in his first year as President. Even when he had a Democratic controlled House and Senate, we are still waiting on his immigration reform," Franceschi said. "His immigration policies have only led to record levels of deportations, and the majority of Latinos disapprove of his handling of deportations."

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. kmac499

    Cons plan for immigration is the same one Coolidge had if memory serves me. In fact the cons economic plan is basicly the same as the Harding-Coolidge-Hoover administration. Really good stuff there.

    April 22, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. Severely Moderate

    “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” – GOP/Tea Party Agenda (2008 – 2012).

    We have not forgotten.

    April 22, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    Don’t fully blame on republican, accept the fact Health care reform drag so long and we didn’t listen to some advisers

    April 22, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  4. Dennis

    This is Crap if they could ram Obama care through they could have anything through the Dem Controled Congress in the first three years. This is Axlerod playying politics as he always does this man is about power politics and pay to play. Corrupt as the rest of his cronies.

    April 22, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I am surprised that people are not buying into Mittens' "self deportation" or anchor baby Rubio's "No path to citizenship" approach. Not really.

    April 22, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. NotFooledByDistractions

    Axelrod is right. The hateful vitriol and the juvenile "compromise is a dirty word" mentality that has swamped the republicans legislators is the cause of many problems. There's no doubt our recovery could have been hastened if the republicans would have chosen to work to do what's best for the nation instead of playing political games for the betterment of their party. I'd assume that most working class Americans find their mentality to be pretty offensive.

    April 22, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. scott

    Did he ever think that the majority of Americans do not like nor want illegals in this country. The Admin is not enforcing it at all, forcing individual states to make and enforce their own laws. Of course the Obama administration wants to stop states from passing voter ID laws. He need the illegals vote and the backing of the illegals, they are one of the biggest voting blocks of Democrats. Without the ID no one knows if they are citizens or not.

    April 22, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. MaryM

    Remember America, The GOP/TP and the tea party people in congress said "Let America Defaut on it Debts"
    This statement indicates that they Want to destroy America.

    April 22, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. Gimmeabreak!

    Axelrod created Obama and still pulls his strings. Obama never was anything or anybody until Axelrod crated the Obama persona.

    April 22, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. Marine1957

    All Axelrod can do is blame, blame, blame. It will be interesting to see this guy's resume after he presides over Obama's huge loss in November. I'm sure he will blame that on someone else. The only way this turkey can win the election is through fraud. Just watch him.

    April 22, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  11. Bill

    This man has come out and blame every everyone except the Obama Administration. Does he really think it helps the Obama campaign? It makes people run to the other guy instead. I have yet hear him talk about real topics and what him and the Obama Administration done in the pass three years. All I'm hearing from him is about dogs and now the GOP. If he thinks the Obama Administration has done a good job the past three years and deserves another term, why don't he highlight their accomplishments? Instead, this is all I'm hearing from him and Obama. Blame the rich, the GOP, and everyone else that's out there. It couldn't be any clearer now why we should replace this President. We need a President that takes responsibility and work to lift Americans, not turn the poor against the rich and blames everyone else for his failure.

    April 22, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. Eri

    If America ever loses it's status as the No. 1 superpower, it'll be because of the Republicans' idiocy and intransigence.
    How can they oppose everything just because the other side (Democrats) propose it?

    April 22, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. Thomas

    Immigration and Tax reform .

    The republicans, " Romneyions " are dinosaurs , we need Billy Bean !

    April 22, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. A not-so-stupid former republican

    Immigration is a losing issue for republicans especially the rich elitist they are running for President. Just imagine an Hispanic voting for Romney. Not!

    April 22, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. Truth001

    People don't accept the truth. The facts are posted for all to see, the GOP has obstructed the forward progress of the president which means they obstructed the U.S. It's very good that Axelrod HIGHLIGHTS that for all to see!

    April 22, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  16. fred ca

    So obama had 2 years with a majority in the House and a veto-proof Senate. So that means that any legislation not passed is 'the fault of Republicans'. It makes perfect sense. It creates a new slogan for obama's campaign ...'Those without any power over-powered me'. A true definition of leadership.

    April 22, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    We cannot pass Obama's job creation measures because of the republican obstruction. Not too difficult to see why the democrats cannot get immigration reform passed.

    April 22, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |