Axelrod: Obama Doesn’t Accept That The Election Was A Verdict On His Presidency, Ideology
JAKE TAPPER: Is this — is this a harsh judgment of Hillary Clinton? He would have been able to do what she could not?
AXELROD: Well, he said this in service of a larger point, which is he doesn’t accept that the election was a verdict on his view of where the country should be going. He points out that she got a majority of the vote. He feels he would have won the election.
But there’s no doubt there’s some criticism implicit in his remarks and he went on to say perhaps the Clinton campaign took too much for granted, perhaps they played it too cautiously, and he was particularly critical of where they spend their time and where they made their case, suggesting that had they spent more times in these rural areas and small towns in states like Michigan, and Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, that they would have prevailed there.