Axelrod To Start Obama's 2012 Re-Election Bid Next Year

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In case you were wondering if President Obama will seek re-election: Top adviser David Axelrod confirmed today he will leave the White House in the first half of next year to start organizing Obama's 2012 campaign.

""Sometime in the spring, late winter, early spring, I'll be going back -- coming back here -- to Chicago and beginning to work on that project,"" Axelrod told Fox News Sunday today.

Axelrod,who did the interview from his hometown of the Chicago, has often discussed going back to the Windy City to start the president's re-election bid, associates have said. The veteran political consultant ran Obama's successful 2008 presidential campaign.

In the meantime, Axelrod will help Obama prepare for dealing with the new Republican-run U.S. House that opens early next year. The Republicans also picked up six new Senate seats in the Nov. 2 elections.

Asked if Obama plans to move ""to the center"" politically, Axelrod told Fox's Chris Wallace: ""I don't think the question is moving left, right or center. The question is whether we can work together to move this economy forward, Chris, and that's what the president wants to do.""

Axelrod disputed Wallace's suggestion that the elections turned on ""too much big government,"" rising levels of federal spending, and Obama policies in general. "

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In case you were wondering if President Obama will seek re-election: Top adviser David Axelrod confirmed today he will leave the White House in the first half of next year to start organizing Obama's 2012 campaign.

"Sometime in the spring, late winter, early spring, I'll be going back -- coming back here -- to Chicago and beginning to work on that project," Axelrod told Fox News Sunday today.

Axelrod,who did the interview from his hometown of the Chicago, has often discussed going back to the Windy City to start the president's re-election bid, associates have said. The veteran political consultant ran Obama's successful 2008 presidential campaign.
Axelrod said corporate interests are spending huge sums to help Republicans in the elections, calling those expenditures "a threat to our democracy.
In the meantime, Axelrod will help Obama prepare for dealing with the new Republican-run U.S. House that opens early next year. The Republicans also picked up six new Senate seats in the Nov. 2 elections.

Asked if Obama plans to move "to the center" politically, Axelrod told Fox's Chris Wallace: "I don't think the question is moving left, right or center. The question is whether we can work together to move this economy forward, Chris, and that's what the president wants to do."

Axelrod disputed Wallace's suggestion that the elections turned on "too much big government," rising levels of federal spending, and Obama policies in general.

"I have no doubt that people are concerned about spending," Axelrod said. "But they're fundamentally concerned about their jobs, Chris, and they want to see robust job creation, and they want to see this country strengthen its economy and grow. And that's what we want as well."
"I hope we can get a permanent extension," DeMint told Fox's Chris Wallace. "But if the president wants to compromise on a two- or three-year extension, what's important here, Chris, is that businesses know what their tax rates are going to be over the next few years so they can plan growth and plan to add people."
In this photo provided by CBS, White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod talks about the upcoming midterm elections on "Face The Nation"
Both sides want to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class. But time is of the essence: The Bush tax rates expire at the end of the year, meaning that the lame duck Congress that opens this week must act.

"The middle class have taken a terrible beating over the last decade," Axelrod said in a separate appearance on Fox News Sunday. "Wages have declined. They've borne the brunt of this recession, and it's the wrong thing to do to allow these taxes to go up, as the Bush taxes were scheduled to expire on Jan. 1."

In arguing against tax cut extensions for the rich, Axelrod said it would add $700 billion to the federal debt.

But this is something Obama will discuss with the Republicans, the White House aide said.

"I've heard a variety of ideas surfaced publicly by various members of Congress and others," Axelrod said. "And we're looking forward to getting together with the leaders of both parties in Congress."

"But the important thing is that we move forward."