<html> <head><style type ="text/css">body { font-family: "Bloomberg Prop Unicode I", Verdana, sans-serif; font-size:125%; letter-spacing: -0.3pt; color: #FF9F0F; background-color: #000000; text-align: left; } p {line-height: 1.25em; max-width:900px; width:expression(document.body.clientWidth > 900? "900px": "auto" );} h1, h2, h3 { text-align: left; font-weight: normal; color: #FFFFFF; } h1 { font-size: 130%; } h2 { font-size: 115%; } h3 { font-size: 100%; } #bb-style { font-size: 90%; max-width:900px; width:expression(document.body.clientWidth > 900? "900px": "auto" ); } b, strong { font-weight: bold; } i, em { color: #FEC54A; } pre { font-family: "Andale Mono", "Monaco", "Lucida Console"; letter-spacing: -0.3pt; line-height: 1.25em; } table { border: 0; font-size: 90%; width: 100%; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; } td, tr { text-align: left; } td.numeric { text-align: right; } a:link { color:#53B2F5; text-decoration: none; } a:visited {color:#53B2F5} a:active {color:#53B2F5} a:hover {color:#53B2F5} </style> </head> <body> <p>By Francis Wilkinson</p> <p>President Barack Obama's strategist David Axelrod stopped by Bloomberg View today, where he chatted with editors and invited guests.</p> <p>A few quick hits:</p> <p>Axelrod said he was anticipating a long Republican primary campaign. When asked whether he thought that would benefit the eventual nominee in the way Obama benefited from his long primary against Hillary Clinton, he said no: "In 2008, we were not moving farther and farther to the left."</p> <p>He called Newt Gingrich the "Godfather of Gridlock." When asked whether the Obama team had sketched out what a Gingrich candidacy would entail in a general election, Axelrod said, "I don't even think Gingrich has the Gingrich campaign sketched out. I don't see why we should be out in front of him on that."</p> <p>Axelrod said the 2008 campaign "ripped the band aid" from a sore -- declining living standards, middle class economic hardship -- that was long festering.</p> <p>On the 2010 elections, he maintained that voters have "buyers' remorse" over entrusting the House and numerous governors' seats to Republicans.</p> <p>On the GOP's Tea-Party-inspired move to the right, "I think what we have to do is break the fever."</p> <p>On Republican resistance to extending the payroll tax deduction: "I would rather have the tax cut than the issue."</p> <p>(Francis Wilkinson is a member of the Bloomberg View editorial board.)</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </body> </html>