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September 27. 2011 10:22PM

Obama adviser: Reelection campaign will be a struggle

GOFFSTOWN — The President’s top campaign strategist told New Hampshire business leaders on Tuesday that Obama’s reelection will be an uphill battle.

“I know how hard the challenge is. We had the wind in our back in 2008,” said David Axelrod, senior strategist on President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign and former White House senior adviser.

“ … We don’t have the wind at our backs this election. We have the wind in our face because the American people have the wind in their faces. This is going to be a titanic struggle.”

Axelrod, speaking at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College, stressed that despite the upcoming hurdles and difficulties, he believes the Democrats are on the right side of the fight and will ultimately win. Pointing fingers of blame and laying the responsibility of all of America’s ills on the president is not enough without a resolution, according to Axelrod, who said American citizens want their president to point to the future and offer a solid and realistic plan.

The nation and its leaders must spur job growth in the short term and lay the foundation for a strong economy in the long-run that will provide real opportunities for a large amount of Americans and eventually reverse the trends seen over the last 30 years that culminated to the economic collapse in 2008, he said.

Obama’s aide voiced support of the President’s American Jobs Act, and criticized Republicans for not backing his efforts.

“This is a tough time for our economy,” said Axelrod, adding New Hampshire will again serve as a testing ground for the future president.

There is no reason why both sides of the aisle cannot come together and find common ground, but Americans must demand a path forward, he said. Through the primary process, New Hampshire citizens will evaluate all of the candidates, their ideas, records and characters, according to Axelrod.

They will make their own judgment on which candidate will fight for them, their values and vision, Axelrod said, saying he looks forward to the debate and is confident Obama will prevail.

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