Axelrod: I'll Leave Next Year to Work on Obama 2012 Top adviser appears to confirm a reelection bid By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Nov 14, 2010 4:14 PM CST 7 comments Comments In this photo provided by CBS, White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod talks about the upcoming midterm elections on "Face The Nation" in Washington Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/CBS, Chris Usher) (Newser) – Despite some people advising him not to, it appears President Obama is officially running for reelection in 2012. David Axelrod told Fox News Sunday he will leave the White House next year to begin work on the campaign, USA Today reports. “Sometime in the spring, late winter, early spring, I'll be going back—coming back here—to Chicago and beginning to work on that project,” he said. Click here to see why two former Democratic presidential advisers think a reelection bid is an awful idea.