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Axelrod: 'There's this Reign of Terror Going on in the Republican Party'

1:18 PM, Jul 16, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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President Obama's closest political adviser, strategist David Axelrod, believes there's a "reign of terror going on in the Republican party," according to a transcript of a recent interview he gave to National Journal

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"How would the president accomplish [his] goals with a Republican-controlled House and possibly Senate?," the reporter asked Axelrod.

The top political adviser replied, "They have had a policy of obstruction from the day the president arrived. When the president is reelected, it will be a rejection of the politics of obstruction. There’s this reign of terror going on in the Republican Party."

As for the president's goals, here's how Axelrod them: "The president believes you build a strong, sustainable economy by building a strong, viable growing middle class. You have to continue to upgrade our educational system and improve access to higher education and technical training. We have to invest in research and development and the kinds of things that will create high-end, advanced manufacturing jobs. We have to continue to open up markets all over the world for American products. We need to continue with an all-of-the-above energy policy and really push for the development of all sources of energy. Immigration reform is an unfinished piece of business. But the principal thing we need to be pursuing is a very aggressive strategy of putting people back to work."

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