Washington (CNN) – David Axelrod, adviser for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, targeted Romney on Sunday saying the former Massachusetts governor had a history of shifting too much in his “core principles” while running for office.
“Time and time and time again, he shifts,” Axelrod said on ABC’s “This Week.” “And you get the feeling that there is no principle too large for him to throw over in pursuit of political office.”
Axelrod added that Romney had previously taken more moderate-to-liberal positions on issues regarding abortion, gay rights and the environment.
“Then he decided to run for president, did a 180 on all of that,” Axelrod said.
Romney, who’s making his second bid for president, consistently polls as Obama’s toughest GOP competitor in a potential contest.
In the latest CNN/ORC International Poll, Obama and Romney were nearly tied in a hypothetical matchup, with Obama at 49% and Romney at 48%.
Meanwhile, in an Obama-Perry matchup, Obama took 51% and Texas Gov. Rick Perry came in with 46%.
Perry has since dropped in his poll numbers, with Georgia businessman Herman Cain making big gains.
And while Axelrod hit Perry over what he called “less than impressive” debate performances and the governor’s energy plan–which Axelrod labeled “a Xeroxed copy of the oil lobby’s wish list for America”–Axelrod still left the door open for a potential Perry comeback.
“But nonetheless, he has a lot of resources,” Axelrod said. “And, you know, I think if I were Gov. Romney, I'd be worried about all these changes in position and what kind of message that sends to voters–not just on the Republican side, but throughout the electorate.”