Political Rewind: Axelrod's Come a Long Way

Strategist learned from1988 presidential race loss

Friday, Nov 7, 2008  |  Updated 3:02 PM CDT
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Rewind: Axelrod's 1988 Campaign for Sen. Paul Simon

Political strategist David Axelrod worked to get Sen. Paul Simon elected president in 1988.

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Rewind: Axelrod's 1988 Campaign for Sen. Paul Simon

David Axelrod has been running political campaigns out of his Chicago office for decades.
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David Axelrod is being hailed as brilliant for masterminding the 50-state ground strategy that helped President-elect Barack Obama win the election. His reward? Reportedly, a top advisor position in the White House.

Twenty years ago, the story didn't end as well. The former Chicago Tribune reporter left his job to run the campaign of another first-term Illinois senator, Paul Simon. They didn't make it past Iowa.

At the time, NBC 5 TV's Carol Marin asked Axelrod about the challenges of that race.  Roll the tape.

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