David Axelrod, top campaign strategist to President Obama, made the case this morning that Republicans have stood in the way of the country’s progress without offering a way forward.
“We are are a better country than we are getting from those who would like to make this one partisan battle after another,” Axelrod said, speaking at a Politics and Eggs event at Saint Anselm College in Manchester.
Axelrod, who was a chief strategist on Obama’s 2008 campaign, left his post as a White House senior adviser earlier this year to become a top aide to the president’s re-election campaign.
Axelrod called the crop of Republicans elected to Congress in 2010 “the most ideological, partisan group of Republicans in my lifetime.” Independents voted them into office thinking it would spur bipartisanship and instead got more division, he said.
Republicans are “mortgaging the future” by proposing deep cuts to research and development funding,which spurred the innovation of Google and GPS technology, he said. Axelrod faulted Republican presidential candidates for not admonishing the crowd at the last debate when a gay soldier was booed after asking a question.
The country doesn’t need “back-to-the-future bromides” offered by Obama’s opponents, Axelrod said.
“What Americans want is an economy where everyone gets a fair shake” and responsibility is shared, he said.
Axelrod acknowledged that Obama has some ground to make up in his poll numbers and said the 2012 race is going to be a “Titanic struggle.”
“We don’t have the wind at our back in this election” like in 2008, he said.
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