President Obama faces a “titanic struggle” to win reelection, his top campaign strategist, David Axelrod, said Tuesday, given high unemployment and the poisonous partisan atmosphere in Washington.
"In 2008, we had the wind at our backs," Axelrod said, according to MSNBC. "Now, we don't have the wind at our back. We have the wind in our faces, because the American people have the wind in their faces."
Speaking at forum at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., Axelrod had harsh words for Republicans, who, he said, had blocked the president from achieving major policy goals.
"We honestly thought when we got to Washington, we'd get some cooperation from folks across the aisle," Axelrod said. He added that the current crop of GOP presidential candidates constitute “the most ideological, partisan group of Republicans in my lifetime."