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
soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. Peter

    Andrea Saul: Mitt Romney is Obama's probable opponent. What world do YOU live in that you think Obama should be spending less time addressing Romney?

    April 3, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair asked:

    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?
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    The government should not actively engage itself in the stock market. The "private", technically publicly owned, company asked the government for financial aid when the private sector could not. The arrangement was a negotiated settement as part of a structured bankruptcy.

    Whatever government conspiracy you think exists, stop worrying about it. It is a conservative conspiracy to make you fell afraid, very afraid. Put the lime in the coconut and call me in the morning.

    April 3, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. Mensaman

    President Obama has an even deeper rear view mirror, using economic plans and ideologies of Karl Marx and Frederick Engles.

    April 3, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    CORRECTION: The taxpayers own only $8 billion of GM stock, now. The initial figure was $25 billion. You conservatives need to check your facts, and stop the disinformation campaigns.

    April 3, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  5. Mark

    Mr. Axelrod thinks Romney believes we were better off 10 years ago.... Hmmm I think he's right and I wish it was 10 years ago! Specifically 3-1/2 years ago so that I could recast my last Presidential vote...

    April 3, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  6. daveinla

    George Romney was no clown. He was a good man. Typical Hollywood. Why don't they use a line about foreign exchange students who are Marxist...like Obama's father?

    April 3, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. Hank

    Willard, trying to etch-a-sketch 2012 back into 1972. Not going to work, Willard; get with the program.

    April 3, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    There they go again. Republicans are beating the war drums and talking about enacting sweeping "trickle down", boom then bust, tax cuts. Did we not just suffer through 8 years of that capricious ideology?

    April 3, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. Allie

    "On Sunday, Romney's father George was briefly mentioned on the series' season opener" It was actually episode 3, not the season opener. Episodes 1 and 2 comprised the series premiere the previous Sunday.

    April 3, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. Republican Not Voting for Romney

    The Mad Men reference was kind of funny, I must admit.

    April 3, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    "President Obama has an even deeper rear view mirror, using economic plans and ideologies of Karl Marx and Frederick Engles."

    LOL! That stale nonsense never gets old for you extremely deluded hatewingers, does it? Too bad it isn't even remotely close the truth.

    April 3, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  12. Republican Not Voting for Romney

    Obama will get re-elected. Romney is out-of-touch and absolutely clueless as to the needs of average Americans. No way Romney. Obama 2012!

    April 3, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. Pete

    Andrea Saul,the spokeswoman of the idiot Romney,she's definitely has her hands full with the Mormon legend...It's her job to follow behind Romney,much like the crews at the circus ,who follow behind the elephants as they parade thru towns,spreading their ideas on the way....Crap is crap Andrea ,wheather it comes out from your rectum or out Romneys mouth,not much difference.They still both stink and aren't very useful,unless your raising plants,pure manure.....So I hope you carry a large amount of gloves and bags because when he goes against the POTUS Obama,he's gonna spread it all around,if ya know what I mean,LOL...

    April 3, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    Its really amusing watching the righties on here accuse anyone who disagrees with them of being brain-dead and zombines, while they faithfully chant back the lines they have been intructed to utter by Uncle Rupert's Saudi Propaganda Network. By the way, has FOX bothered to report one of their Lords and Masters has stepped down?

    April 3, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. Concerned Mom

    As usual our President is exactly right. Romney will take us nowhere but backward. More tax cuts for the rich, carelessly drilling and building pipelines that threaten our environment even though oil is NOT the future and everyone knows it (our grandchildren will certainly not be calling us the "greatest generation" for sticking our heads in the sand and refusing to address the fact that oil will not longer be our primary fuel source in the future), removing regulations that protect consumers, turning the clock back on women's rights, etc., etc. OBAMA 2012 because I care about what this country will be like for my children.

    April 3, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. Brian Dodge

    Tax rates on the wealthy are the lowest they've been in 80 years(18% average for the Forbes 400, 13.9% for Romney) – and according to Republican mythology, this should be creating the most jobs in 80 years; somehow it's Obama's fault that it isn't working.

    Does anyone really think Romney wants to go back to a time when the wealthiest 1% didn't get 12% of the income, The wealthiest 5% only owned 20% instead of 40% of stocks, bonds, and real estate, and paid a Reagan era tax rate of 50%?

    April 3, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Mensaman wrote:

    President Obama has an even deeper rear view mirror, using economic plans and ideologies of Karl Marx and Frederick Engles.
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    Do you really iknow what you are talking about? I see that you like dropping names.

    Karl Marx envied western capitalism, and even aspired to emulate the British model of empirical capitalism. That means he liked the idea of servant states funnelling capital to a central bureaucracy. But, he knew that such a model would never be accepted by the masses.

    Engles had no economic ideology to speak of. His most famous writings were about the do's and don'ts of politics. In fact, most of his ideas were fully embraced by the Republican Party, a practice that continues to this day. He wrote the book on how to destroy your opponent politically.

    April 3, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. jenny

    "On Sunday, Romney's father George was briefly mentioned on the series' season opener."
    It was not the season opener. This was the second episode, or 3rd if you count the first episode as 2m since it lasted 2 hours.

    April 3, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  19. Babs

    @ The Real Tom Paine

    hahahaha . you're right. It is amusing. Like sweet candy, It's fun but I'm getting sick from too much of it.

    April 3, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. Four and The Door

    Rudy NYC
    CORRECTION: The taxpayers own only $8 billion of GM stock, now. The initial figure was $25 billion. You conservatives need to check your facts, and stop the disinformation campaigns.
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________
    When Obama gave $60 billion to GM, he insisted,"...taxpayers will not lose a dime.". Now even Timothy Geitner admits taxpayers will lose money on GM. The most recent estimates considering principle and taxes are that the GM bailout alone ( not even considering Chrysler ) will cost taxpayers $38 billion.

    The message in November will be simple. Accountability.

    Romney 2012

    April 3, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote on page 4:

    When Obama gave $60 billion to GM, he insisted,"...taxpayers will not lose a dime.". Now even Timothy Geitner admits taxpayers will lose money on GM. The most recent estimates considering principle and taxes are that the GM bailout alone ( not even considering Chrysler ) will cost taxpayers $38 billion.
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    I have not heard of such a statement by Geitner. My firt question would be to ask how old is it? American taxpayers have not lost a dime to GM, not one. All of this "owed money" is in the form of stocks that are currently worth roughly half of their purchase price. If GM stock resumed their former selling prices, the taxpayers would profit by billions.

    We notice that you have ignored the issue with Wall Street banks still owing orders of magnitude of more money, and are under no obligation whatsoever to repay any of it. At least taxpayers have stock to use a collateral with GM.

    Wall Street banks were given loans with no timetables on which to pay any of it back. Besides, the rumors are still out there that Bush actually gave away $7.7 trillion, instead of a mere $700 billion.

    April 3, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. diridi

    willard is a loot and cheat, Bain-Capital his name...nonsense to this nation.

    April 3, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. Irma in North Carolina

    It is about timme somebody puts down Mitt, he needs to be put down big time. Seems like some of these jokers on here ought to go over to fox news and do thier commenting on their.

    April 3, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  24. Festerfree

    His father worked for Nixon... OK, things are starting to make sense now.

    April 3, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    @Four – Whatever the exact initial figure was given to GM, it was in the form of operating capital and stock purchases. The capital was repaid last year. GM has repurchased some of the stock. It is my understanding that it is worth $8 billion, but the taxpayers paid at least double that to get it. But, the price of GM stock is rising to former levels that would create a net profit for the taxpayers.

    What about the Wall Street billions, and tens of billions and possibly trillions and trillions, that we will never see again?

    April 3, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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