Axelrod defends Obama's national security bona fides
January 8th, 2012
10:17 AM ET
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Axelrod defends Obama's national security bona fides

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – David Axelrod defended President Barack Obama's national security credentials on Sunday, responding to shots taken by Republican presidential candidates during Saturday's debate.

Axelrod, a senior adviser for the president's reelection effort, touted milestones in Obama's first term including the end of the war in Iraq, the death of Osama bin Laden and the declining leadership of al Qaeda to prove the president is a strong commander in chief and hit his potential GOP rivals.

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When discussing Obama's decision to take down bin Laden, Axelrod said he was "not sure Mitt Romney would have made that decision - that was a very courageous decision."

"I don't think the president needs to justify his national security bona fides to the crowd that was on the podium last night," Axelrod added during an appearance on ABC's "This Week."

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who served in the U.S. Air Force, took particular aim at Obama's military decisions Saturday night, suggesting potential cuts to the defense budget would "put America's freedom in jeopardy."

Axelrod used the opportunity to apparently reference a past debate gaffe, when the GOP candidate could not come up with the third government agency he said he would cut as president.

"Gov. Perry's had problems with counting before," Axelrod said.

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Filed under: 2012 • David Axelrod • President Obama • Republicans
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Joey

    It is nice to see Iron Axe defending a moron. Nice

    January 8, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. FIELD1stSGT

    Axelrod you'd defend a tick on a boar hog if it would pay you the money Obama is paying you. You know he is incapable of running this nation. But selling ones soul to the devil will come back to haunt you. After Jan 2013 we will see no more of your useless hide. The same can be said for the great imposter Obama.

    January 8, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. fred ca

    So obama was 'courageous'...for doing his job. Of course axelrod has a good frame of reference for courage...when he advised michelle on a campaign to keep poor people, people of color and other 'riff-raff' from bothering Emergency Room services at the University of Chicago.

    January 8, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. rightospeak

    Whining of Romney and others in the debate only strenghtened Obama. Obama can only lose to Ron Paul. To defend Obama's support for wars is bad news for you and Obama-people are catching up on the 1% agenda of getting rich from endless wars. Both You , David, and Obama have excellent rhetoric, but the fact of Wall Street crooks running lose after stealing billions will be hard to defend. To win ,Obama needs to stop all wars, jail the Wall Street crooks, slow down or stop importation of slave labor products that are killing American jobs, close open borders.

    January 8, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. BLKMANinAmerica

    CLEARLY...........................racism is guiding remarks made @ President Obama's F.P. record. America is such a racist place.

    January 8, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. Larry L

    @FIELD1stSGT

    "Axelrod you'd defend a tick on a boar hog if it would pay you the money Obama is paying you. You know he is incapable of running this nation. But selling ones soul to the devil will come back to haunt you. After Jan 2013 we will see no more of your useless hide. The same can be said for the great imposter Obama."
    ---------------------------------------------------
    Once again... stupid comments withought the slightest bit of substance. It's easy to see why you failed to make SGM.

    January 8, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Mr. Axelrod, no defense of the president required. Only the blithering idiots will stand on the street corners and say the president is weak on national security...even when FACTS show otherwise. I get it that Willard doesn't understand what the president is doing – while it's being done – BUT when the dust settled, when has the president been wrong. That is leadership, my friends....having vision, making an unpopular decision, and being proven right by the turn of events. I hopw republicans try to pick this fight during the general election campaign. They will lose by overwhelming numbers!

    January 8, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. vic , nashville ,tn

    “Not sure Mitt Romney would have made that decision – that was a very courageous decision."

    Axelrod, Mitt Romney doesn’t know where he stand , Mitt Romney never take any decision and he don’t need too , he has enough money running for office just hobby for Romeny

    January 8, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I had a friendly disagreement with a right wingnut at IHOP who was covering his bigotry by saying he wasn't opposed to Obama, it was his policies. I asked which policies: the creation of 2.6 million jobs, 22 months of private sector job growth, the saving of over a million auto workers jobs, taxes the lowest in 50 years, bringing our troops home from Iraq, repeal of DADT, the DOW going from 7000 to over 12,000, the foreign policy victories, and the victories in the war against terrorism, or the hope that 50 million will have access to health care?

    January 8, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. diridi

    what a nonsense these morons are saying from GOP idiots, don't they know when Bush was there, 9/11 happened, and Toro bora Bin Laden escaped? It is Obama that killed Bin Laden. Who knows GOP is part of terrorist group!!!!Obama2012.

    January 8, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. GuyinVA

    So, are we now allowed to say that the story of the Obama administration is "a noun, a verb, and Osama Bin Laden"?

    January 8, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. American

    The fact remains that President Obama stands strong on national security, upholding his promise to take out Osama bin Laden, as well as foreign policy, bringing the unnecessary war in Iraq to a responsible end.

    Godspeed Mr. President

    January 8, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  13. W.G.

    O bama in spite of the terrorist like attacks of the republicans is doing a great job . Islamic terrorists only dream of
    being able to damage the country like the republicans do . Think about it they want to do away with the EPA .
    in spite of the debacle in the Texas Gulf . Bush flew Bin Ladens family out of the country on 9/11 and being
    family friends with the Bin Ladens he would never have gone after him like Obama did . But the far right wingnuts
    still question his loyalty to this country . Maybe it´s the U.S. that should be questioning the republicans loyalty to
    our country .

    January 8, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. ddblah

    Wire Palladin, S. F., as for job record, Mitt Romney would have shipped the auto-industry overseas and make a profit by doing it.

    January 8, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  15. duane

    GWill- Can't we call this "the clown car that rolled under the Big Top and crushed the elephant in the corner????

    January 8, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |