Axelrod uses 'Mad Men' jab on Romney
April 3rd, 2012
10:26 AM ET
6 years ago

Axelrod uses 'Mad Men' jab on Romney

(CNN) – George Romney was the butt of the jokes Sunday, but it was his son Mitt who took the "Mad Men" heat Tuesday from President Barack Obama's top campaign adviser.

Speaking on "CBS This Morning," David Axelrod derided Romney for espousing policies he said were from another era, using the AMC series set in 1966 to slam the Republican presidential hopeful.

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"Romney seems to look at the world through the rear view mirror," Axelrod said, listing a series of seemingly antiquated policies Romney has promoted on the stump.

"He wants to go back to the policies of the last decade on economics," Axelrod said. "And on other stuff, he says Russia's our greatest foe, he thinks employers ought to be able to decide if women should be able to get contraception coverage or not, every employer. If we drill for oil, that will solve our energy problem, no high fuel efficiency."

Axelrod concluded the former Massachusetts governor was taking fictional television a little too seriously.

"I think he watches 'Mad Men' instead of the evening news. He's in a time warp," Axelrod said.

On Sunday, Romney's father George was briefly mentioned on the series' season opener. A character working for another politician objected to a joint appearance with George Romney, referring to the candidate as "a clown."

George Romney launched a failed presidential bid of his own while serving as governor of Michigan. He went on to serve as former President Richard Nixon's secretary of housing and urban development.

Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul responded to Axelrod's comments, saying America's challenges are "too serious for President Obama and his team to be laughing about TV shows."

"If the White House spent more time worrying about the economy and less time worrying about Mitt Romney, maybe the country would be in better shape,” Saul said in an email.

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Filed under: 2012 • David Axelrod • Mitt Romney
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  1. Name Essie

    @Doubling down the toilet...whether the polls as taken in a black or white community...HE IS STILL AHEAD OF ROMNEY!!!! So, get your small-minded behind off this blog and trot over to Fox News/the most intrusted news in the galaxy!!!!

    April 3, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  2. Jackie

    Tagg is lucky he didn't have to hear the bad names the Republicans called George Romney in the 60's. George was to be used to bring the minority vote but in his first interview George said he was brainwashed in the Military and it ended his chances. The filthy words the GOP said about was over the top. Because people liked him Nixon gave George a cabnet job. Mitt was busy living the rich life in England while dodge the draft as his Dad lost the bide for President. Tagg might be ever mad when he learns grandpop George made those visits back home to Mexico and who knows how many brothers/sisters Mitt has.

    April 3, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  3. rmtaks

    "If the White House spent more time worrying about the economy and less time worrying about Mitt Romney, maybe the country would be in better shape,” Saul said in an email.

    Sorry how is that not outright hypocritical considering Romney has targeted Obama in basically every instance and through every medium?

    April 3, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  4. JerseyGirl

    @Jeffrey G-
    Have to agree about the GOP's direction, and the fact that they will lose the Prez election this year. After having such extremes in their party, i.e., Rick Sanctimonious, Palin, etc., they will have to re-group. When someone such as Ronald Reagan would not be accepted now in the new GOP, then you know something is wrong with them. Too bad.

    April 3, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Romney, like McCain has to lose twice before he gets the message. How stupd can you be? I know he has sense enough to make money for himself and his "team owner" buddies, but he won't let the rest of us keep our jobs - he likes to sell them to china or india.

    April 3, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  6. Squigman

    Mad Men? Try completely oblivious, and maladjusted. The hardest thing to constantly read, are comments calling democrats socialists, or worse communist because of their party affiliation. Talk to any person that lived through the great depression of the thirties, and you might hear how the republican party was looked upon as the party most responsible for the hardships of the people. Much like it is today, yet today people are hypnotized by lies brought forth by the republican candidates, as well as their hate radio jocks, and Faux News. The part of the population listening to, and watching such broadcasts are mis-informed, mal-adjusted, mal-content, and for lack of a better word bigotted. Talk to some of your older, yet wiser neighbors and family. They'll tell you that what happened in the early thirties, kept the republican party from being elected to offices of authority for many years. It wasn't until the memories of the population became fuzzy with time that they started being elected again.

    April 3, 2012 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  7. Name Essie

    PLEASE let me make myself clear in my post...."Sly FOX News is the most UNTRUSTED news in the entire galaxy!!!! Also, I just want to say, "Why are these Obama-haters over here on CNN Blogs? We welcome you to join us so we can educate you all regarding truthfulness! But, we prefer that you run back over to your "hole" FOX & keep our airwaves clean & wholesome! OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!!

    April 3, 2012 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  8. rich

    Why would anyone in the 99% vote for Mitt? He is rich – so what, there is nothing wrong with being extremely well off. That said, why should he get a government handout? That's right, he paid 14% tax on $21 million? So he paid $3 million in taxes when he should have paid $6 million (thereabouts). This one guy received a $3 million dollar tax break (last year - millions more over this past decade). Hmmm. I'm not suggesting Mitt should have changed anything on his taxes – he's a smart guy who took advantage of the tax law. No the problem really is that Mitt wants to continue these taxes breaks that very few in the 99% can take advantage of. I laugh every time I hear someone on the right (I'm and Independent) complain about the redistribution of wealth while at the same time not acknowledging the favorable tax benefits the 1% receive. I know you don't have to tell me - he's a job creator! Yeah, 90% of people making over $250K a year don't create jobs directly - not in the way that we are implying when we use this argument. Double taxation? Yeah,that's a good deflective argument too? Sure it would fair to say that there is a double taxation going on but that very argument can be used about any money that has been earned and taxed and then reinvested in whatever investment be it stocks, bonds, chickens, lottery, or brain matter - why should anyone who paid for their college with after taxed funds be taxed at a higher rate than that of the capital gains tax once they start using that investment in brain matter to make money (I know I'm stretching it a bit here)? My point is simply that this favorable tax treatment of capital gain is arbitrary. The arguments that are used to justify this treatment are just as arbitrary. For example couldn't we actually give a tax break to those who actually create jobs and not to the 90% of the top 5% percent who don't. Sure we could.

    Mitt is about keeping his tax advantage at the expense of the middle class. That's why I can't support him.

    April 4, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  9. ourjungle

    Axelrod,I understand you are Obama's professional propagandist,and you are indeed unmatched in your wordly surgical attacks against Obama's opponents. I noticed you have been using various mirror analogies (ie. magic land mirror, rear view mirrior, etc) to describe Romney.But, in viewing your various opinions about Romney, it seems you are looking through a broken mirror,as you views seem scattered. You compared Romney to the tv series Mad Men,and I wonder if you are aware that Obama compared the GOP Budget plan to "darwinism";which historically is a Nazi philosphy....I wonder what TV series you and Obama are watching to have dreamed up this Nazi term?

    April 4, 2012 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  10. Donkey Party

    Funny (and incredibly hypocritical) seeing all the comments from the faux (Fox) deficit hawks here. Where was all of your outrage when the last administration was spending money like a teenage girl with her first credit card, and when they were setting records in expanding the size of government? Bunch of phonies.

    April 4, 2012 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  11. Darth Cheney

    Romney is really going to have a tough time backing down from the rhetoric he needed to get the loony vote. And he won't be able to attack Obamacare – he'll look utterly ridiculous. He can't attack taxes because of the obvious unfairness embodied in what he personally pays. Obama's done a tremendous job on foreign policy (though you'll never convince the Fox crowd of that) so Romney can't get traction there either. All he can really do is go after spending but he won't be able to offer feasible alternatives, especially without a corresponding tax hike on the wealthy.

    April 4, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    Once again, the righties come on here accusing the president of being something that he is not, (namely a Nazi) because he used the term " Darwinism" to describe the effects of the Ryan budget. Darwinism was a theme in the Objectivist-themed novels of Ayn Rand, who was the inspiration for so much of the Righties' social and economic policies they are attempting to slip past the public under the guise of debt reduction. Ryan's plan was correctly described by Gingrich as " Right-wing Social Engineering", since it places a disproportionate amount of power in the hands of a few wealthy people with no interest in developing and investing in the population as a whole. It effectively removes government of any kind off the stage, reducing them to tools to do the bidding of those who are already in a position of power, and effectively puts everyone else in a subservient position: if that's not a description of Social Darwinism, I don't know what is. As for comparing Obama to a Nazi, its yet another clumsy attempt to vilify someone who is already a part of that elite 1%, but who has not forgotten where he came from, or how his life could have ended up had he not made the right choices in life. Obama is the embodiment of American Exceptionalism, and Romney and Ryan will kill that dream for the rest of us to keep their Objectivist nightmare alive. No amount of statements from Romney saying he wants to help people can cahnge the fact that he will do more to kill upward mobility in our society than any other politician in our history if he gets his way.

    April 4, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  13. MikeB

    Let's see.... Assemble a bunch of leftist, known for their AntiSemitism, hatred of all things Mormon, more recently directing their bile at Hispanics, or is it just "White Hispanics", another collection of Hollywood's creeps and perverts, and, oh gosh, surprise!, they attack Romney! Of course they attack Romney, you bigots on the left attack anyone who won't swim in your pathetic cesspool, your private liquid excrement filled Los Angeles-Chicago-Washington-Manhattan centered stew pot of nutty Obama support.

    April 4, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  14. Name Essie

    @MikeB....aaaaw, you jealous?! Why are you guys mad because so many people support Pres. Obama? Well, you know what Mikey, we are gonna come out in droves (whites, Hispanics, & blacks) and VOTE him right back into the WHITE HOUSE!!!! ...Now! How does that make you feel? ...JEALOUS?!! ~OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!!

    April 4, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  15. Joe citizen abroad

    I don't think the White House is worried about Mitt Romney at all, Andrea Saul. That was Axelrod's whole point. They're busy working to rebuild the country after it was nearly destroyed by the previous Republican administration. They're busy making the future better for everyone...not just the profiteers who feasted on the carcass of W's failed policies. The Obama administration stopped the freefall into economic chaos and prevented another Great Depression. Thanks to them, our country is now poised for a return to prosperity. For everyone, by the way.

    April 4, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  16. Kevin

    Hey rich, what is wrong with most rich ,a bet you work for a rich person ,our company. Obama is a rich person but that is o.k because he thinks like you do .so if you don't like rich people quit your job,because you take a pay check from them evil rich people.

    April 4, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  17. sara

    Willard, uh, Mitt Romney can't lead me down a country mile. He doesn't even know Who he is or Why he's even running for the highest office in the land. ...oops, his wife told him to run. I guess she missed running for the 1959 Miss America contest. Redemption?

    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 4, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  18. jon

    Democrats always resort to name calling when they fear a political opponent and they can't debate the facts without losing

    April 4, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  19. Wake up people

    Kevin, no one is saying being rich is bad, however the rich do need to pay their share of taxes. Also this is about the so-called job creators, that are getting all kinds of tax breaks but aren't creating jobs. Read a little more Kevin and stop listening to the right wing liars on faux news, from the sound of your post, you can really use the knowledge.

    OBAMA 2012!

    April 4, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    This country has always prospered and done better when there is strong growth coming out of the middle class, not the self-described " Lords of Job Creation" the GOP champion and defend with such fervor.

    April 4, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
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