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August 21st, 2011 1:56 PM

ABC's This Week, 8/21/11: David Axelrod Talks and Talks and Talks, Says Nothing at All

At 7:10:

JAKE TAPPER: Progressive filmmaker Michael Moore had this question that he wanted me to ask you: "Are you aware of how profoundly disappointed so many of the President's supporters are? Do you realize that each time the President moves to the right, he picks up no votes and loses many? Or do you cynically believe that because these people have 'nowhere else to go' they'll end up voting for Obama?"

DAVID AXELROD: Well, first of all, no one is cynically moving one way or the other. The president isn't interested in moving left or right, he's interested in moving the country forward. And we've got a very, very sharp debate here. And the question is, are we going to take steps in the short run to help stimulate this economy, to help create jobs, to help create growth, and are we going to take the steps in the long run that will protect the investments that can grow our economy and, and, and, most importantly, Jake, can create, can create good middle class jobs in the future on which people can raise their families. That's what education is about. That's what research and development to create new technologies and advanced manufacturing is about. That's what the infrastructure, that's what roads and bridges and repairs that put people to work now but also create the opportunity to move our, to, to move our goods across this country. All of these things are part and parcel of a strategy that is completely opposed by the other side who wants to go back to the same trickle down, deregulation, the same mantra we heard in the last decade that led up to this problem. We're hearing, again, I think that this is such a profound choice, uh, that, uh, the president's supporters and independent voters and people across this country will, uh, will rally, because, uh, the future will be determined by this debate and the path we take.

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