Axelrod: 2010 Won't Be A Referendum On Obama

Senior presidential adviser David Axelrod says the White House will seek to paint the 2010 midterms as a choice between the two parties--not a referendum on President Obama's tenure so far--in an interview with National Journal's Ronald Brownstein (subscription required).

"It's not going to be a referendum," Axelrod says.

"If the question is what we've been able to achieve, which I think is substantial, versus the ideal of what people hope for or hoped for, that's a harder race for us," Axelrod says. "If the choice is between the things we've achieved and we're fighting for and what the others side would deliver, I think that's very motivational to people."

Axelrod sees a number of factors at play in the election, first and foremost the economy. Read the full story here at National Journal.