Acknowledging that the administration’s $447 billion jobs plan may be dead “as one entity” in the Senate, President Barack Obama’s chief political adviser vowed that Democrats will press on piece by piece.
“It took a setback. We’re going to keep at it. It didn’t die,” David Axelrod said during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week" today.
Axelrod, who previously resisted suggestions that the legislation could be considered in such a fashion, said that is the new strategy going forward.
“Now we’re going to take it apart and we’re going to go piece by piece,” he says. “The American people support every single plank of that bill and we’re going to vote on every single one.”
Axelrod declined to discuss the order in which the pieces might be voted upon.
“I’m not going to discuss a legislative calendar here,” he told host Christiane Amanpour. “But they will be done sequentially and the sequence is being discussed right now.” He insisted that the so-called millionaire’s tax is “strongly” supported by Americans.
With respect to the ongoing Wall Street protests, it remains to be seen whether the Democrats and Obama will benefit, Axelrod said, adding that the issue is likely to play a role in the 2012 election.
“Obviously I don’t think any American is impressed when they see Gov. Romney and all the Republican candidates say the first thing they’d do is roll back Wall Street reforms and go back to where we were before the crisis and let Wall Street write its own rules,” he said.
Despite the recent surge in popularity for presidential hopeful Herman Cain, the GOP contest is likely to come down to a choice between Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, predicts Axelrod, noting an advantage in resources for the pair.
“It’s a very dynamic process so the candidates haven’t fully engaged yet,” he says, noting that while Perry stumbled in the debates, Romney has a reputation of changing his position on issues.
“If I was Gov. Romney I’d be worried about all his changes in position and what kind of message that sends to voters, not just on the Republican side but throughout the electorate,” says Axelrod.
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