It is natural and easy in a midterm election particularly in difficult times to treat the election as a referendum on current conditions
And it goes back to this question of folks who want to do something and folks who want to be something. Particularly when you're running for an office like that, you ought to know what you want to do. You ought to know why you're doing it, and it can't just be that it's cool to be governorBlago: Axelrod asked him to mull pres. run Apr 20, 2011
Two years ago I could have told you this was going to be a tough yearPolitics 2010: Six races signposts for Senate's path Oct 24, 2010
Their feeling is that there are things more important than party. That's a feeling we shareAxelrod prepares for 2012 campaign Jan 31, 2011
There were a lot of days when we asked him to go out and do fairly prosaic things at timesAxelrod prepares for 2012 campaign Jan 31, 2011
David M. Axelrod (born February 22, 1955) is an American political consultant based in Chicago, Illinois. He is best known as the top political advisor to President Barack Obama, first in Obama's 2004 campaign for the U.S. Senate in Illinois and later as chief strategist for Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. Following the 2008 election, he was appointed as Senior Advisor to Obama.
Axelrod is the founder of AKP&D Message and Media, was a political writer for the Chicago Tribune, and operated ASK Public Strategies, now called ASGK Public Strategies. He is also a supporter of Cook County Commissioner Forrest Claypool, who helped Axelrod begin his firm (under the name Axelrod and Associates).
Born in New York's Lower East Side, Axelrod grew up in a middle class Jewish-American household, attended the prestigious Stuyvesant High School and showed a passion for politics early on. He graduated from University of Chicago, where he studied Political Science.All mention of Axelrod's parents were removed from this biography. Axelrod grew up in Stuyvesant Town on the east side of Manhattan.