David Axelrod: 2012 Will Be “Titanic Struggle”

Source: Stephanie Condon / CBS News

President Obama’s re-election team is acknowledging the 2012 election will be a “titanic struggle” for the president, but they’re casting Mr. Obama’s Republican opponents as too pessimistic to win voter support or lead the country.

“We have the wind in our face because the American people have the wind in their faces,” Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod told New Hampshire politicians and business leaders on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports. “So this is going to be a titanic struggle. But I firmly believe we’re on the right side of the struggle.”

Axelrod said Mr. Obama will win in part because the GOP candidates are pushing the same policies that led to the recession. “This isn’t new wine and old bottles. This is old wine and old bottles,” he said.

Axelrod told the AP, for instance, that Texas Gov. Rick Perry shouldn’t hold up his state’s record on job creation as a model for the country, since Texas has some of the lowest wages in the country and some of the worst school performance records.

“I think most Americans will look at that and say, ‘Why would we want to emulate that?'” he said.

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