Durbin: Facing Re-Election Struggle, Obama Can Win

CHICAGO (CBS) — President Barack Obama is facing a serious struggle for re-election, according to his own political guru.

But as WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports, Obama ally Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says the race is winnable.

President Obama’s chief political adviser David Axelrod used the term, “a titanic struggle,” to describe the President’s re-election challenge.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports

But Durbin says he believes Obama can win, even given continuing economic problems.

“Yes, he can,” Durbin said.

Durbin presents the 2012 race as a choice ahead between two people – one yet unnamed – and two economic policies.

“And if the Republican leaders in Congress like Senator McConnell and others are basically saying, instead of designing a program to save the economy, we want to design the bumper stickers for the next presidential election, then I’m afraid we’re going to have very little done through Congress to help the president,” Durbin said.

Axelrod shared his stark assessment of the next election with crowd of politicians and business leaders at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire Tuesday morning. Despite the challenge, he jabbed the field of Republicans jockeying for the chance to face Obama in 2012.
Axelrod notes that not one of the candidates defended a gay soldier when he was booed during the last presidential debate. He also says the Republicans have clung closely to the Tea Party line.

Their plans to fix the economy, he says, are the same plans that led to the economic downturn.

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  • southside

    Durbin has contibuted mightily to the bankrupting of our country. All he wants to do is spend and tax. He needs to go away in 2014.

  • Suburbanite

    Thanks Durbin. I am just building up even more motivation to be sure to kick your empty suit and yourself right out of office. Keep talking, and with every passing day, I will work even harder to be sure that you and your buddies lose your upcoming elections.

  • tom sharp

    This two-bit, Acorn loving hack is one more reason for TERM LIMITS OF ONE!



  • dennis

    mr. durbin.
    i think that if the voters of this country(along with yourself) asked themselves a couple of basic questios & follow their heart they won’t be wrong.
    am i , my family & friends better off today then we were in jan 2009?
    do i think the country is better off than it was?
    i can’t help but feel that the people have fallen for a huge PONZI SCHEME AT THE HANDS OF A COMMUNITY ACTIVIST & THE REST OF THOSE SITTING ON CAPITOL HILL..

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