Axelrod: Clinton still the favorite, but needs to find inspiration
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Former Obama adviser David AxelrodDavid AxelrodCNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group Sanders, Warren appear to have tense moment onstage after debate Warren faces online criticism over past big donor fundraisers MORE said Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense Hillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — NFL social media accounts hacked | Dem questions border chief over controversial Facebook group | Clinton says Zuckerberg has 'authoritarian' views Clinton on Sanders comments: 'I wasn't thinking about the election' MORE was still the odds-on favorite in the 2016 race but that her campaign message is far from a rallying cry.

Axelrod said recent polls showing Clinton’s numbers falling, and some showing her dropping behind Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in some Democratic primary states, don't change the fact that Clinton is still the most likely winner.

But, he added that her overall campaign message is hardly the type of thing to bring voters to their feet.


“It's still HRC's to lose, despite new polls. But it's hard to inspire w/grinding, tactical race. ‘Hillary: Live With It’ is no rallying cry!” he tweeted Sunday.

Axelrod worked on both of President Obama’s campaigns, including the 2008 race when he upset Clinton in the Democratic primary.

Clinton’s numbers have sagged as questions linger about her use of private email during her time as secretary of State, and polls have shown Sanders closing and even surpassing Clinton in some early states, including New Hampshire.

Meanwhile, Clinton is also facing challenges from the Republican field, as a new Washington Post/ABC News poll found her with just a 3-percentage point lead over GOP front-runner Donald Trump.

Clinton’s campaign has responded to the struggles by working to make her appear more spontaneous and authentic on the trail, and Clinton herself tried to put the email matter behind her by apologizing for using a private server earlier this month.

Axelrod went on to say on Twitter that Clinton has an “abundance” of expertise but added that making the case for her competency and readiness for the presidency has to be set within “convictions and values.”

“The trees have to describe a forest,” he added.