03/27/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Axelrod: Obama Won't Let Coakley Happen In Illinois

Republicans have proclaimed the decisive victory of Republican Scott Brown over Democrat Martha Coakley as evidence that the American people are rejecting President Obama's agenda in general and his health care plan in particular.

But Axelrod urged hundreds of supporters of the Misericordia Home on Chicago's North Side not to interpret the results that way.

"They were voting to send a message to Washington generally," Axelrod said. "One of the messages was that this bitter, withering partisanship that we've seen is unhealthy for the country."