Sunday, June 19, 2011

Obama aide on GOP opponents: 'I didn't hear a lot of ideas'

By Charles Dharapak, AP
President Obama's top political adviser isn't impressed with the potential Republican opponents.David Axelrod, the former White House official who is back in Chicago helping lead Obama's re-election campaign, said the GOP candidates spent their first debate attacking the president rather than offering alternatives.
"I didn't hear a lot of ideas," Axelrod said today on CNN's State of the Union. "I heard a lot of ... pat partisan platitudes."
"Ultimately," he added, "people are going to ask for answers."
Axelrod did not handicap the race, but indicated that the Obama campaign would challenge Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty over their economic records as governors of Massachusetts and Minnesota, respectively.
And former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman -- who worked for Obama as ambassador to China -- said "very encouraging" things to the president about the economy and other issues, Axelrod said.
The economy is likely to be the key re-election issue, Axelrod -- not so much the unemployment rate, currently at 9.1%, but whether people feel that progress is being made from a horrific more

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