David Axelrod admits re-election ‘titanic’ challenge
As originally appearing in The Boston Herald

By Hillary Chabot

GOFFSTOWN N.H. — President Obama’s top strategist admitted the Democrat faces a “titanic” fight for re-election in the face of tanking polls and a stagnating economy but blamed a rigid Congress for refusing to help reverse the fiscal slump.

“This is going to be a titanic struggle but I firmly believe we’re on the right side of this struggle,” said David Axelrod, one of the leading architects of Obama’s 2012 campaign. He also helped lead the candidate to victory in 2008 and worked on Gov. Deval Patrick’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign.

“I know how hard the challenge is. We had the wind at our back in 2008 … we don’t have the wind at our back in this election, we have the wind in our face because the American people have their wind in their face,” Axelrod said.

The Chicago native, who spoke at a breakfast event in Saint Anselm College, gave the comments as Obama’s job approval numbers continue to drop and are now at roughly 45 percent.

But he cast much of the blame on the Republicans elected to Congress in 2010, calling them the most “ideological partisan group of Republicans in my lifetime.”

“We honestly thought that when we go to Washington we would get some cooperation from across the aisle…but they had a different plan,” said Axelrod.

Axelrod also blasted the current crop of Republican candidates, characterizing them and the Tea Party as extremist.

“They’ve clung closely to the Tea Party line and created a familiar prescription for America,” said Axelrod, saying they want to roll back Wall Street reforms that “demand transparency and accountability.”

“This isn’t new wine in old bottles, it’s old wine in old bottles, and it’s not selling,” said Axelrod.

The Chicago native spoke at a breakfast event at Saint Anselm College one day before former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is scheduled to hold a town hall.

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