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Axelrod: Mandate "A Foolish Word And Generally Untrue"

"Everyone's going to have to come to the table in the spirit of getting things done, but on this issue of particularly the fiscal cliff — presidents always say, ‘I have a mandate.' That's a foolish word and generally untrue,” Obama senior adviser David Axelrod said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" today.

"But the president did campaign all over this country. He talked about it in debates, he talked about it in speeches on the need for balanced deficit reduction that included some new revenues and he was reelected by, you know, in a significant way, so hopefully people will read those results and read them as a vote for cooperation and will come to the table. Obviously, everyone's going to have to come with an open mind to these discussions," Axelrod said.

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