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January 11, 2010


Axelrod Lays Out Midterm Strategy

In an interview with National Journal, White House political adviser David Axelrod outlined "several keys to strengthening the Democratic position in an election that all signs suggest is shaping up as extremely difficult for his party. Axelrod's checklist includes improvement in the economy, some (but not vastly more) legislative action and, most pointedly, an effort to draw sharper contrasts with Republican positions. His comments may foreshadow a much more pugnacious Democratic message as the election approaches."

But, as in most elections, the economy is likely to be the driving factor.

Said Axelrod: "In certain ways we are at the mercy of forces that are larger than things we can control. If we see steady months of jobs growth between now and next November, I think the picture will be different than if we don't."














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