Axelrod uses 'Mad Men' jab on Romney
April 3rd, 2012
10:26 AM ET
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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. Terry Turner

    This story had too much axelrod and not enough Mad Men.

    April 3, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. GoodRiddance

    Mad men and their stupid jokes! Big deal! and democrats mentions that, how idiotic can it get?

    April 3, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. Mike

    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."

    Maybe Andrea should tell her boss to start watching some TV then maybe he can see wake up to the real America and not the country club America.................after all TV is enterainment meant to laugh at but that clearly eludes the Romneyy camp..................

    April 3, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. Obama Doubling down on Socialism

    Shall we all delve into the political and social policies advocated by Obama's socilaist mother and father? If Axelcrud wants to go there he'd better be darn sure Obama can withstand the same heat generated by HIS mother and father.

    Of course, this is all nonsense because Axelcrud is stuck trying to sell 4 years of failure to the American people so his tyring to talk about ANYTHING except Obama's record of failure.

    April 3, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. ReaganDem

    Mitt does not a have clue or an answer he just wants to be President. If you thought Bush was clueless, just wait, at the first sign of trouble Mitt and his brood will flee to one of their many homes outside the US.

    April 3, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. bc runner

    Jkmmy, Jimmy, I think you got those two guys confused..

    Nothing that comes out of Romney's mouth can ever be trusted!!

    April 3, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. Mark

    It seems that whoever it is that bought the Republican Party skillfully picked Romney as the best product to be President But they picked him like they picked a best box of cereal. They liked the box, and the cereal is sweet. Even though it's not good for you, many people will buy it. Yes, Romney is fried food, delicious but it will kill you. Tomorrow he's a donut or a pizza because he changes depending on the local cravings. What he is not is a salad.. He does what he is told and that is what is scariest. The people that bought the Republican party believe the voters will buy a bad product if there is enough good advertising pushing it and so they're telling advising him accordingly. They don't care if the product is bad. They're in it for the money.

    April 3, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. Triple A

    Go figure, Liberal Bollywood making fun of a a Man's dead father. Go Liberals! Keep it up no wonder Main Stream America has been giving Democrats the boot since the BHO was put in office. Sudenly your party ot tolerence has... well I don't need to say it. Evidently America is figuring it out on it's own. Come on Nov. 2012!!

    April 3, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. Pedro

    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."

    Hate to break it to you, but they're not laughing about TV shows. They're laughing at your clown of a candidate.

    April 3, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  10. ST

    Mitt Romney likes to say: " I like to fire people"! Well and good Mitt. Now it is the turn of people to fire you even before they employ you. You will get it in Nov. how it feels when one likes their job so much and others do not like to offer it to them.

    April 3, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. Triple A

    @Mark... Ya and the BHO is outright lying what is in his cereal box... No Valdimir I have to show this face to America in order to get re-elected. Then once I have that in the bag I can show this face and there won't be able to do anything about it.... Bwwaaaaaaaaaa Open, plain, unedtited, un-spun two faced Liberalisim at it's best.

    April 3, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  12. The REAL TRUTH...

    @Obama Doubling down on Socialism – Of course, this is all nonsense because Axelcrud is stuck trying to sell 4 years of failure to the American people so his tyring to talk about ANYTHING except Obama's record of failure.
    -----------------------------------------
    hmmm.. asked you about this yesterday in a reply! Exactly WHAT failures would thsoe be?
    You have yet to elaborate. I expect it's because there are none you can list.
    And please, spare us the poutrage on the price of gas/oil – those with a modicum of intelligence knows that NO POTUS has control over that. Also save us from the right wingnut *socialist* labeling too. ALERT! – we've been a socialist country for over 70 yrs. Nothing new there.
    So? Given the GOP's penchant for retro, Axelrod was right. What failures are you talking about?

    April 3, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  13. AndreLinoge

    Low blow or not, I found the line hilarious, as well as how Axelrod used it.

    April 3, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. Anthony

    Four and the Door,
    It is true that the nation needs to go on a diet. This does not mean a starvation diet. You work with the revenue you have, but unfortunately the government does not have enough revenue to cover Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, defense, and interest on the national debt. As it is, we would need to give up on the rest of the government, like Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, Department of Agriculture, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and so on, if we want a balanced budget.

    When the government already does not have enough revenue to cover its expenses, you don't make the situation worse by cutting taxes. That will require even greater spending cuts to make up for the revenue loss. Yet that is exactly what Republicans are proposing.

    April 3, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. NVa Native

    To the bubble boy cheer-leaders of the right – America knows who you and your puppets are – 2012 will be a great year for the Democratic Party and the American people.
    And NO – the American people won't tolerate another moron in the White House, Dubbers and his GOP henchmen did enough damage to keep the GOP out of the White House for generations.

    April 3, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. The REAL TRUTH...

    @Triple A – no wonder Main Stream America has been giving Democrats the boot since the BHO was put in office.
    -------------------------------------
    Have you actually done any fact checking. Mainstream (it's a single word BTW) America doesn't CARE. 70% of eligible voters DON'T VOTE. That is due to neither side having a workable solution, big biz and 1% funding, and the wingnuts being the driving force today.
    We have govt of the few, by the few for the few. The constituional idealogy is long gone, and the 2-party system has wrapped up many things such as chosing constituents and picking their own circus clowns.
    The GOP is so out of touch with Mainstream America – other than the knuckle-draggin mouth openers – that perhaps NOv will be a wake up call to them when flip-flopper goes running home.

    April 3, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. GRWohio

    Why should voters care about Axelrod's statements and opinions? He is nothing but a political strategist and consultant who is paid to get someone elected. This means he will say and do whatever is needed to promote his candidate. Yes, the republicans have the same kind of people on their payroll as well. Would be nice to hear some un-filtered positions directly from the candidates instead of poll-tested sound bites from the political class.

    April 3, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  18. dave

    David Axelrod was an advisor to Bill Clinton and campaigner for President Obama. He is obviously against Mitt Romney and making a calculated political move. I don't buy anything that the guy says.

    April 3, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. Leslie

    Axelrod was right-on with this comment! Romney AND Santorum ARE out of touch with the average American!

    April 3, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. Rush Bimbo

    @Obama Doubling down on Socialism – Care to elaborate on what failed policies you are refering too? Chrisler, Ford and GM posting strong gains after two asked for governement assistance. Stock market up over 13000 from below 8000 when he took office. unemployment is going down, housing market is starting to come back. But you wont give him credit for any of this. He could make it rain gold and you would find fault with it because he is black

    April 3, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. Dave

    This is coming from Axelrod? This guy is the poster boy for being a elitist shill.A CFR cronie.

    April 3, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  22. vatoloke

    Someone who socks away his millions in foreign banks can't be enough of a patriot to be POTUS. I don't buy anything Romney says about the economy under President Obama or anyone else.

    April 3, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. Charlie from the North

    Mittens and Sanatorium are out of touch and they should be called on it.

    April 3, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. Leo

    It wasn't the season opener. It was the second episode of the season. It's little things like that get someone like me mad about garbage journalism.

    April 3, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. Eric of Reseda

    "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." The country IS in better shape since Obama took office! And, while I'm sure the Obama Admin takes the election seriously, Romeny IS a TV Show (Corporations are people too!), but of the half-hour comedy variety....

    April 3, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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