PITTSBURGH (CNN) – Senior Obama adviser David Axelrod appeared unfazed by Sarah Palin’s tough speech in St. Paul Wednesday night, telling reporters Thursday Barack Obama watched a bit of her speech and took it in stride.
“To be very honest with you, I don’t think he expected gingerly treatment,” Axelrod told reporters on the campaign plane. “I think he understands that they don’t really have a record to run on and this is what politicians do when they don’t have a record to run on.”
Asked if it was harder to respond to attacks from Palin because she’s a woman, Axelrod said they were happy to respond to any “blatant distortions of fact” and that despite selling herself as someone not from Washington, she’d do well there.
“She’s a skilled politician. As she proved last night she’s deft at going on the attack,” said Axelrod. “For someone who makes the point that she’s not from Washington, she looks very much like she’d fit in very well there. When you see how she brings these attacks, it all felt very familiar to Americans who are used to this kind of thing from Washington.”
As for the repeated attacks from speakers like Rudy Giuliani and Palin on the community organizing chapter of his life Obama often touts, Axelrod said he thought everyday people viewed the position as real work.
“It may not pay the millions of dollars Rudy gets for shilling for pharma but it’s significant work,” said Axelrod.