David Axelrod joins me on the show from Politicon in Los Angeles. In his 40 year career in politics, he has advised over 150 Democrat campaigns. He's the campaign wizard behind President Barack Obama's victories in 2008 and 2012 and he served in the White House as Senior Advisor to the President. Today he's founder and director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago and he now has his own podcast called The Axe Files.
On the podcast, he talks about his very first campaign, his early days covering notorious Chicago politics for the Tribune, his 23 year friendship with Barack Obama, and his love of the political process. We also discuss the healthcare act and the president’s relationship with Israel. Plus he reveals why he almost sat out the 2008 election, why he shaved his mustache and at least one reason why he says Donald Trump isn’t so bad.
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