Axelrod: 'Spirit' of Public Option Lives

One sign that the White House considers the public option dead? David Axelrod is talking about its “spirit.” In an interview with ABC News, Axelrod seemed to imply that President Obama has given up on the public option. “The spirit that led him to support a public option is still very much at play here and so you know he wants competition,” Axelrod said. He also said that President Obama is ready to “close” the debate. “The president has a big megaphone and he intends to use that megaphone in these final weeks to really make clear to the American people what’s on the table and how it might help them.”