- David Axelrod says this week's GOP and Democratic debates will have a sharper edge
- Candidates in both parties are fighting for advantage in Iowa and New Hampshire contests, he says
David Axelrod is CNN's senior political commentator and host of the podcast "The Axe Files." He was senior adviser to President Barack Obama and chief strategist for the 2008 and 2012 Obama campaigns. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)Stand back, this won't be pretty.