David Axelrod Goes on the Offense, Attacking the RNC and Mitt Romney's Failures
Top Obama strategist, David Axelrod, spoke to Chris Wallace from the campaign trail. Wallace asked Axelrod how the campaign plans on recapturing the sense of hope from four years ago during the Democratic National Convention set to kick off this week in Charlotte, North Carolina. Axelrod pointed to Republicans, saying, “We don’t have the problems the other party has; we’re not divided.”
Axelrod said they plan on revolving the convention around policies that will lift the middle class in order to grow the economy. The question “are you better off today than you were four years ago” has been echoed by the Republican Party in an effort to point out President Obama’s failures.
Axelrod disagreed and said that the United States is in a better position in the sense that, “when this president took office, we were losing 800,000 jobs a month, the quarter before he took office was the worst quarter that this country’s had economically since the Great Depression.”
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He admitted that the economy is not where it needs to be but says the problem with Mitt Romney’s speech at the RNC was that, “he spoke for 45 minutes and never really offered any real ideas for how to move the economy forward, for how to lift the middle class – and in that sense I think his convention was a total failure.”
Wallace pointed out, “You keep talking about Romney, I’d like to talk about the Obama record.” He listed the following statistics: unemployment went from 7.8 percent to 8.3 percent since the president took office, median household income was $55k and is now $51k, the national debt was $10.6 trillion and may reach $16 trillion in the coming week.
Axelrod responded, “I keep talking about Mitt Romney because all Mitt Romney does is talk about Barack Obama.” He said the president will present a clear agenda for the future at the DNC.