As a government shutdown looms, three of President's Barack Obama's former campaign advisors made a stop at UAlbany. With time running out for Congress, former senior adviser David Axelrod, campaign strategist David Plouffe and speechwriter Jon Favreau fielded questions about the negotiations in Washington. YNN's Madeleine Rivera has more.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The coming of three former members of President Obama's inner circle to UAlbany Saturday could not have been more timely.
"This is an opportunity to really hear what people have to say firsthand," said Kathryn Walter, a Colonie resident.
Hundreds came out to listen to former senior adviser David Axelrod, campaign strategist David Plouffe, and speechwriter Jon Favreau take on pressing political matters. The government is one day closer to facing shutdown if Congress fails to pass a spending bill. And there's no definite solution in sight.
"A few weeks from now, they may bring the global economy crashing down simply because they have exorbitant demands from their ideological wish list," said David Plouffe, former Obama campaign strategist.
The crux of the matter is the Affordable Care Act. On Saturday, House GOP leaders demanded a one year delay of the President's health care law through new proposed legislation. Democrats strongly criticized Republicans for the move. And back here at home, residents' reactions towards the ACA are mixed.
"I'm just concerned that inundating everybody with it instead of the people who actually need it is really the way to go right now. I don't know why I'm getting so much information when I'm already covered," said Walton.
"I'm hoping it's going to work well. And I hope everyone has affordable health care. I hope it's going to do that," said John Rowen, a Guilderland resident.
But the question is when.
"The intent of that is not really to delay. It is a placeholder for gutting the program. And that's clear. That's the rhetoric of people who are pushing for this proposal. It's the best they can do for now," said David Axelrod, former White House senior adviser.
With a shutdown looming and a Tuesday start date for the ACA, the pressure for answers builds.