On Tuesday in New Hampshire, President Obama’s chief political adviser David Axelrod said that the president’s road to reelection would be “a titanic struggle,” but that Obama would ultimately win a second term.
“We have the wind in our face because the American people have the wind in their faces,” Axelrod told an audience of local business leaders and politicians. “So this is going to be a titanic struggle. But I firmly believe we’re on the right side of the struggle.”
Axelrod pointed to the current field of Republican candidates as one advantage for the president. He criticized their economic proposals, saying that they are built on the same principles that caused the downturn initially.
“This isn’t new wine and old bottles,” Axelrod said. “This is old wine and old bottles.”
In an interview with the Associated Press, Axelrod went after former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry in particular.
He criticized Perry for flaunting his record in Texas while the state has the highest rate of uninsured residents and some of the worst schools in the country, and Romney for attempting to define himself as an outsider.
“I don’t know how you define a professional politician, but running for office off and on for two decades seems to qualify,” Axelrod said.