Axelrod uses 'Mad Men' jab on Romney
April 3rd, 2012
10:26 AM ET
2 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
soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. Dr Knowitall

    You mean like Obama's 1953 Soviet Era policies ?

    April 3, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. Dave

    The one thing I just dont get is George Romney was born in Mexico. Didnt that disqualify him to run for Prez? What up with that?

    April 3, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    If I were Axelrod, I wouldn't even mention some remark made by a fictional character on a TV series. Leave that role for Mitt Romney to play. When asked about it, defer, dely, deny. Say that people to watch it and judge for themselves.

    April 3, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    "Romney seems to look at the world through the rear view mirror,"
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    Through the rear view mirror of one of his numerous cars.

    April 3, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  5. Orwell shrugs

    Nixon, Romney, what is the difference?

    Out of touch rulers from Republistan.

    April 3, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. knowndoyen

    I guess Axelrod just doesn't get it. People would love to go back to simpler times. Back to the time when the government was not so big and politicians understood that you cannot spend more than you bring in. Axelrod and the man he supports are both in the dark when it comes to foreign policy. If Russia is not a foe then what are they? Russia has gone against every effort to stop Iran or Syria. They do not support us. What does Russia think of us? They think we are weak and have no leadership in the world and why? It is because of failed policies of Obama. Obama has given the leaders of Iran and Syria power by not showing strength. Obama is a weak leader or a sleeper. What I mean by a sleeper is he will wake up and throw money or start a program because that is what will get me re-elected. He has not passed a budget in the three years he has been in office but he will go after the Republicans time after time but at least they put a budget forward. Also just look at the things he has been flexible on to get re-elected contraception, energy, and Iran. Weak is the word and Obama is the definition.

    April 3, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. Four and The Door

    "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."
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________
    One thing is for sure. Mitt Romney does not buy into Obama's 'economic policies' of the last 3 years. Of course, size 10 government and size 10 spending in a size 6 economy doesn't fit too well. You end up with a size 16 national debt. That's ugly. Time to put the government on a diet. But that would take courage, discipline, knowledge and management capability. Obama is absolutely not the guy for that job. He is incapable and unwilling. We can do better.

    Romney/ Ryan 2012

    April 3, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. neine, neine, neine

    The look on his face tells it all! Of course he does represent all that is wrong with America starting with Obama.

    April 3, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  9. A not-so-stupid former republican

    Willard is just another corporate shill who cares only about what makes rich men richer. Typical republican!

    April 3, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Is Soo Plastic he Makes Mannequins Looks Real

    Scratch that Axelrod!

    Romney just Etch-a-Sketched his antiquated policies; he is starting brand new with mordern day policies of firing people, shipping jobs to China, getting rid of Plan Parenthood, taxing the poor to give to the rich, saving his money in Swiss Bank accounts and the Caymen Island, riding his dog on the roof of his car, pimping his CA beach front house with car gold-rimmed elevators so Ann Romney dont have to lift a muscle, with the trees been of the right height in his neighborhood, and the air smelling like fabreeze, because he is an ordained bishop who wants to lighten the burden of the rich...trust me, he doesn't care about the poor, "they already have a safety net!"!!!

    Why jab Etch-a-Sketch Mitt, he already got this figured out...he can save the world!!!! LOL

    April 3, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. Carolyn

    LOVE IT! Perfect comparison. Right on, Axelrod! Heh-heh.

    April 3, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  12. gregory

    He thinks a republican running the economy would do better?? Been there, that didn't work.

    April 3, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. TheMagusNYC

    Any humor directed at Mitt Romney serves to obscure the valid objections to his candidacy.

    April 3, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. Martin Walters Seattle

    The next Mitt Romney jab will be on the show " Big Love"

    April 3, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. rightytighty

    Axelrod and Obama laugh it up while Americans still struggle three years later. Not to mention the TRILLIONS, and counting, that now burden our children and grandchildrens futures.

    April 3, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  16. betterdays

    Apparently Andrea Saul hasn't noticed that after about fifty years of shoveling truckloads money at social programs everything is fixed now and the country is in great shape. Which is understandable, because I hadn't noticed either.

    April 3, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  17. steven harnack

    With polls putting the President up by 18 points in a match against Romney he has plenty of time to work on the economy and take care of Mitt too. I know that it's a hard concept for Republicans to wrap their minds around, but some people are very capable at multi-tasking.

    April 3, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  18. Woman In California

    "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.

    For once-she's right. Willard is self destructing everyday right before our eyes without any help from the democrats. It's just a matter of time before this guy implodes on the national stage. Mr. Alexrod should focus on the policies put in place under this courageous administration and remind people of the shape this country was in when the republicans left office. In the meantime, let Willard continue to kill himself–he's doing fine without any help.

    April 3, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  19. Jimmy

    Axelrod spins faster than most washing machines... he can gargle milk and churn it into butter... Nothing that ever comes out of this man's mouth should EVER be trusted!!!

    April 3, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  20. Tony

    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."

    Romney has no plan to deal with America's serious challenges. On health care, he has no health care plan to replace Obama's plan. When Republicans say "repeal and replace," the replacement is NOTHING. The Republican plan is to go back to the way it was. Actually, Romney has a replacement plan, but he does not want to dwell on the fact that his plan is basically the same as Obama's.

    April 3, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. Taran

    @Four and the Door,,,,spot on as usual. I see the vitriol from the left continues along with their liberal twist dance step.

    April 3, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  22. betterdays

    And the current policy on economics is to just give money to anyone with their hand out and their palm facing up (provided they jump through a few cursory hoops first), and let someone else worry about how to pay for it later. Yeah, that's a fantastic policy.

    Of course, if anyone questions the wisdom of this activity, your only arguments are that they are ignorant, racist, insane, elitist, or all four combined.

    April 3, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  23. Obama Doubling down on Socialism

    steven harnack – With polls putting the President up by 18 points in a match against Romney
    -------------------------------------
    What planet are YOU living on?! Or was this a poll taken in a predominantly black community?

    April 3, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote on page 1:

    One thing is for sure. Mitt Romney does not buy into Obama's 'economic policies' of the last 3 years. Of course, size 10 government and size 10 spending in a size 6 economy doesn't fit too well. You end up with a size 16 national debt. That's ugly. ...
    -------------–
    You would probably be shocked to learn that most liberals agree with your "size" analogies. Good call. But, you must not deny that our current fiscal reality is exactly what was predicted by Gov. Daniels when he as Bush's Budget Director.

    The Romney/Ryan Plan calls for hundreds of billions of more spending in the form tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations. The annual deficit would be close to $2 trillion before they started making spending cuts. Once people realize what that means, then you can say "bye-bye" to the Republican Party having any power in DC.

    April 3, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. beevee

    Mitt Romney.. he will say anything to please the middle class, poor and women to get their vote. after that the rich man will get their butt.

    April 3, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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