Axelrod speaks at City Club of Chicago

April 7, 2011 3:29:07 PM PDT
Former White House senior adviser David Axelrod says people don't see the national budget battle in terms of which party wins or loses. He says they just want government to work.

Axelrod has returned to Chicago to help plan President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. He spoke at the City Club Thursday. He said compared to Washington, it's easier to understand public opinion in Chicago.

"They just want us to get our job done. They want us to do the work, and that's what, frankly, the president has been very focused on, trying to work through this in a reasonable way," Axelrod said.

Axelrod says the census confirms that a big growth in the Hispanic population will have a major impact on U.S. politics.