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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  1. Four and The Door

    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.
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________
    All automobile manufacturers have benefited from free market capitalism. It's a great system. As for Obama's contribution? Taxpayers are still out $25 billion on his 'investment' in GM. Don't expect to see it back any time soon.

    April 3, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Obama Doubling down on Socialism

    So let me get this straight... Obama droids think that borrowing and spending nearly a TRILLION dollars to fund a stimulus plan that was hailed as the solution to unemployment, would keep it below 8%, and by now was supposed to have it at or below 6% is a success????

    Well, we STILL, THREE YEARS LATER, have unemployment OVER what it was never supposed to go above THREE YEARS AGO! And FAR ABOVE where is was supposed to be, 6%. And the ONLY reason the unemployment rat ehas dropped is because the numbe rof people looking for work has dropped! The workforce is 2 MILLION smaller than when Obama took office. If it was the same, the unemployment rate would be 11%!! And the American people know the TRUE unemployment rat eright now is more like 15-16%, when you count all the under and unemployed people and the people who gave up looking.

    So if Obama calls wasting a TRILLION dollars and maintaining record unemployment for a record length of time a "success" then we, and this country are in real deep doo-doo if he gets re-elected. But it is yet another case of the looney left and socialists re-defining words. Now epic failure (even by Obama's own words and standards) , is called success!

    April 3, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. Anne

    That's all the Romney camp had to say??? That's their big comeback, they couldn't defend any of the points Axelrod was making. They are a seriously sad bunch of people...

    April 3, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Just Say No to Flipper

    Wait, Rmoney spokesperson Saul is now going to decide what is laughable and what isn't? Given that Rmoney is a non-stop gaffe making robot, it sure doesn't look like Ms. "Glass House" is in any position to judge what's laughable and what's not. And if we apply her own standard, what about Rmoney's laughing at President Obama's accurate assessmetn of judicial activism by the bought and paid for corporate wing of the Supreme Court? Can't wait for her to call out her boss on that one!

    April 3, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. Anne

    Obama Doubling down on Socialism:

    Care to elaborate on your "4 years of failure" statement? Or are you just saying that because you still don't get that the color of a person's skin doesn't matter? If you really look into things, you'll find that some of the Obama policies, specifically on health care, have their basis in the republican party.

    Please inform yourself before making grand statements like that without being able to back them up at all

    April 3, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. Obama Doubling down on Socialism

    Honestly America, look at that picture of Axelcrud. I wouldn't buy a bag of dirt from that used car salesmen, let alone an empty suited and failed Presidential candidate! Just looking at him makes we want to shower off. YUUCCKK!!!

    April 3, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Obama should spend more time running the country instead of his campaign.

    Bill in Texas

    April 3, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. Anne

    Four and The Door:

    Care to correct yourself on that last statement:

    GM Pays Back Government Loans Early
    Published April 21, 2010
    | Associated Press
    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/04/21/gm-pays-government-loans-early/#ixzz1qzvyBwMu

    April 3, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:

    All automobile manufacturers have benefited from free market capitalism. It's a great system. As for Obama's contribution? Taxpayers are still out $25 billion on his 'investment' in GM. Don't expect to see it back any time soon.
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    GM does not "owe" taxpayers anything. Taxpayers own part of GM, purchased when the stock price was low. GM has slowly been buying them back, but taxpayers still own significant numbers of shares and expect to turn a profit. Taxpayers have something to show for it.

    Remember TARP? I forget which bank, AIG or BofA, still owed $80 billion until a few weeks ago. They repaid some of it back after more uproar about their record profits, bonuses, and dividends to shareholders. Now it is down to about $60 billion, but the beauty of it is that they don't have to pay a single dime of it back. Bush gave it away with no strings attached..

    April 3, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  10. Anne

    Four and The Door:

    Second one:
    Chrysler Pays Back Rescue Loan
    Published: May 24, 2011

    You know, this is all information that's available on the internet which you seem so apt at using. Maybe you should give it a try before making statements like that or are you taking a page out of the republican handbook and the heck with facts, they only get in the way of the "truth"?

    April 3, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. tylenol

    Axelrd is runnig this show not BO

    April 3, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    You guys do remember that it was George W. who bailed out the banks and car companies, right? Obama wasn't even president then. This recession started with W., not Obama.

    By the way, to 'Obama Doubling down on Socialism' poster: learn some basic economics. You can't set a target for the unemployment rate. It's not possible. And yeah, I can say this because I am an economist.

    April 3, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. Rickster

    It's so easy to be a democrat politician.....democrat voters are such brain-dead zombies that their pols can tell them anything at all and their robotic followers will do exactly as they say. By every imaginable measurement Obama has been a total and complete failure but the dem pols(along with the complete support of the media) tell people what a success he is....and the dem voters comply as directed. It's sad, really.

    April 3, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "All automobile manufacturers have benefited from free market capitalism. It's a great system. As for Obama's contribution? Taxpayers are still out $25 billion on his 'investment' in GM. Don't expect to see it back any time soon."

    Yes, because the thousands of jobs saved and what not...that doesn't factor into it. And you know, you're right...now that these companies have been saved and ARE REPORTING PROFITS, it's totally unreasonable to think they'er slowly moving into position to pay back the rest of the money. All the World Net Daily nonsense tied up with a bow, huh? Did you get dropped off by a roflcopter in your lollerskates this morning? The conservative blabber points are just plain laughable. Maybe Mittens is the best robot for the job...Robot Potus leading his armies of robot conservatives in their daily conspiracy mantras and ideological prayer services. It's perfect. I wish we could just give you all yor own country so we could laugh at you when you came crawling back for our help when your magic thinking policy daydreams finally turned Conservative LaLa Land into a banana republic.

    April 3, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  15. Log Cabin

    When the GOP (including the 4 candidates) talk about "restoring" America, they restoring it to a past time when straight white Christian men had ALL the power. Romney wants to go back in time.

    April 3, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  16. ted

    A Romney administration would be worse than George W Bush's administration, if that is even possible. Let's go back and rebuild the Berlin Wall Mitt on your Etch a Sketch. Moron.

    April 3, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. gordyb

    What these Repubicans can't or won't see is that in addition to slowing down , stopping and restarting the economy ruined by bad policies of W, is that it also kept us from a depression which would have been much worse than the economy we have now. To use an analogy, you don't stop and reverse an air craft carrier on a dime. There is enormous momentum that had to be overcome before a turn around.

    April 3, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  18. Fair is Fair

    "GM does not "owe" taxpayers anything. Taxpayers own part of GM, purchased when the stock price was low. GM has slowly been buying them back, but taxpayers still own significant numbers of shares and expect to turn a profit. Taxpayers have something to show for it."
    --------
    Rudy, you don't see any issue – not even a conflict of interest – when the government uses taxpayer money to buy shares of a private company? Surely you see the slippery slope this can lead to? Do you think the government should buy shares of any private company that the government deems as being undervalued?

    April 3, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. Desmund

    It was not the Season Opener, but Episode #3 (aired after a two part, Episode #1,#2 Opener)

    April 3, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. Four and The Door

    Anne
    Four and The Door:

    Care to correct yourself on that last statement:

    GM Pays Back Government Loans Early
    Published April 21, 2010
    _______________________________________________________________________________________
    Yes. The nation still owns $25 billion of GM stock. To sell it and break even the stock price will have to double.
    And by the way, production is stopped on the Volt until they sell more of what they have already built. What a fabulous success story, huh?

    April 3, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. Guess What

    axelrod should warn obama about his threats, all wanna be dictators are overthrown and obama the race monger is no different, obama time will come that you shall see what you acts have brought you,

    April 3, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  22. Laurie in Spokane

    The only thing people need to keep in mind is that Obama did NOT cause the mess we're in, he inherited it from the Republicans and President George Bush who was in office 8 years previous to Obama. How many times should that be repeated unrtil you get it?

    Obama has been trying to clean up the mess, which he cannot do solely by himself. It takes cooperation from Republicans which he hasn't had at all, and there are other factors he has no control over whatsoever, such as Middle Eastern gas prices, weather and other natural disasters. Even with all that, listen up – unemployment rates are falling, and the economy is growing.

    Please people, use your brains, and don't just listen to a mouthpiece for corporate raiders, big banks, offshore banking, and those who have nothing positive to offer as solutions.

    April 3, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  23. NVa Native

    Anne ~ the right wing bubble boys only want to spread fear & hate – which has nothing to do with the facts or histroy, and for them the "truth" is just another "unknown". Don't waste your time with dumb as a doorknob.

    April 3, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. tumbleweed

    Rickster, shut up.

    April 3, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  25. sqeptiq

    It appears that the Romney campaign is hiring its spokespeople from the list of "frequent posters" on Foxnews.com.

    April 3, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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