President Obama senior adviser David Axelrod insisted Thursday that comments he made to an an online publication conceding to an extension of tax cuts for all income levels are no different from remarks by the president over the weekend.
Axelrod, who confirmed to Fox News comments he made to The Huffington Post, suggested that the administration is ready to accept an across-the-board continuation of current tax rates, marking a turnaround from the White House’s pre-midterm election stance on impending tax increases.
“We have to deal with the world as we find it,” he said. However, Axelrod made clear to Fox News the White House is not conceding a permanent extension for the top 2 percent of earners.
The president’s top adviser also acknowledged that separating different categories of tax cuts now is politically unrealistic and procedurally difficult.