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Obama Handlers Rush To Afghan Spin Control

Sunday, 01 November 2009 09:30 PM

Several administration officials hit the Sunday talk show circuit to shed some light on the president’s Afghanistan strategy. The country remains a hot topic as the president is expected to make a decision on US troop levels in the coming weeks, although the exact timing on that hasn’t yet been made public.

This comes as the administration is keeping an eye closely on the upcoming November 7 presidential election. Former Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah announced this weekend that he’s pulling out of the runoff election, saying he can’t trust the election process. This leaves President Hamid Karzai as the only candidate, someone who the administration has been critical of in the past.

White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod said the news of Abdullah Abdullah didn’t “markedly change the situation.”

Appearing on CBS’ Face the Nation, Axelrod went on to say they’d basically be working with whoever is in charge, “But every poll that had been taken there suggested that he was likely to be defeated anyway. So we are going to deal with the government that is there.”

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