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

    Four and the Door,
    Republicans talking about accountability need to explain what their plans are. If you want to repeal Obama's health care plan, tell us what your replacement plan is. You can't just say: "We can do better. And we will." Cutting taxes and expecting government revenue to increase magically, eventually, is not accountability. The Bush tax cuts are still around, and they are still causing deficits, because the extra revenue has not arrived.

    April 3, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. Penobscot

    Axelrod is a real DB. He is Satan's little helper.

    April 3, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  3. Christine

    When people are scared, the words that comes from their mouth are nasty. Hmm.. Mr. Axelrod must be so scared for their baby Obama.. Goodbye Obama..

    April 3, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. larry

    Vote Ron Paul

    April 3, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "The Bush tax cuts are still around, and they are still causing deficits, because the extra revenue has not arrived."

    But we just need to keep doing the same thing over and over and over again until we get a different result!!!! Believe it harder, repeat it more often and yell it more louder!!!! I promise it'll work this time *wink* *wink*!!!!!

    April 3, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Wow, a minute comment like this has the GOP-talking-points posters (i.e.,Fair, Four, Truth-using a new user moniker, of course) with their magic undies in a knot defending their lukewarm candidate Romney. Bwhahahahahahahahahahahahahahah. Ya'll never fail to amuse. Thank you.

    April 3, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    @Penobscot
    Axelrod is a real DB. He is Satan's little helper.

    April 3, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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    I bet you're a Christian, huh?

    Idiot.

    April 3, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  8. Obama Doubling down on Socialism

    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.
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    Who cares? Four years later after Obama ran for the Whitehouse saying he could fix the economy, IT IS STILL IN THE TANK and millions remain unemployed. Even Obama stated if he hadn't turned things around after 3 years, it would be a one term presidency. Well, by his own measure he should not even be running again because he has failed miserably. But we have come to learn that what Obama says and what he actually does are ALWAYS two different things.

    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.
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    Well you should have told this to the moronic economists Obama had advising him. So in other words Obama scammed the country for nearly a trillion dollars and lied to all of us.

    April 3, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. Carl Peteron

    This just goes to show you how low these people will go. To call a distinguished man who is dead a name like they called him is sickening to say the least. I think Axlerod's father was just like him...no class.

    April 3, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    "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."

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    Andrea's full quote also includes "And as we have no plans of our own to tackle these problems, our best strategy to get the GOP back in the White House is to attack President Obama's accomplishments and plans instead of coming up with our own."

    April 3, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Jim Hahn

    The people who should be concerned with the economy are our overpaid and not working congress people. Each of them has gone to their polar extreme and are refusing to budge. Lots of bluster and very little work and even less compromise. In seven months Romney won't have a thing to worry about, except his wife's next Cadillac and who he's going to fire next.

    April 3, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. diridi

    Romney is a total waste, an idiot of this century....true...o.k,

    April 3, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    The Patients Rights and Affordable Care Act begins the process of shifting the burden of health care for retirees back to the health insurance industry, where it belongs. Dropping people and turning people away is why Medicare was created in the first place.

    The Romney/Ryan Plan says, "Here, take this voucher and your pre-exisitng condition and purchase health care. We are not going to stop health insurers from declining to cover you at all. If you are not rich enough to pay for it yourself, it is your own fault." The Romney/Ryan Plan "saves" Medicare by "saving money" from all of the people that will no longer be covered.

    April 3, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. kenburch

    Problem here is...George Romney was well to the left of Mitt...and, possibly, to the left of President Obama as well. George Romney supported a strong social welfare system, tried to build more public housing when he was in Nixon's first-term cabinet(Nixon wouldn't let him)and was an opponent of the Vietnam.

    If George Romney were alive and running for president on his 1968 program, he'd likely beat Obama AND Mitt.

    April 3, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    One minute, Obama is incompetent, the next minute he's scamming us out of trillions...Make up your mind, righties, so at least your ravings have SOME logic to them. Its fun watching you scramble trying to make people believe your drivel about how the sky is falling, when the hard work is ( once again) being done by regular Americans without trust funds: in other words, Democrats. Even Romney admits the economy is better: does that mean his liberal bias towards the truth is showing?

    April 3, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. Obama Doubling down on Socialism

    SOUTHERN HOTTIE - attack President Obama's accomplishments and plans
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    Accomplishment??? Hey, tell it to the millions that remain unemployed and the millions more that have simply given up looking for work. And his "major accomplishment" of jamming Obamacare down the throats of the American people is about to get tossed on the garbage heap of history.

    And PLANS?????????? Like what? A budget nobody will votew for? Or are you referring to future gifts to the Russians when he has more "flexibility"?? Yes, snakes like Obama are always very flexible and not to be trusted especialloy after trampling on individual freedoms, religious freedoms and states rights. Obama is simply too dangerous and incomptent to leave in office.

    April 3, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  17. Obama Doubling down on Socialism

    The Real Tom Paine - One minute, Obama is incompetent, the next minute he's scamming us out of trillions...Make up your mind,
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    Obama and his Democrat Socialists are VERY COMPETENT liars and thieves. They totally incompetent leaders. Do you under stand now?

    April 3, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. Rick in L.A.

    Seriously, it doesn't matter what Axelrod, Biden, Santorum, Newt, Stewart, Colbert, Wallace or O'Reilly say; Mitt Romney will not be the next president. The guy doesn't have an electable personality. "How high are those trees, Mitt?" Just the right height...

    April 3, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Doubling Down wrote on page 5:

    Who cares? Four years later after Obama ran for the Whitehouse saying he could fix the economy....
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    We know that you are not concerned about facts. Not even the fact that Obama didn't run on fixing the economy. He didn't have to. John McCain tried to run on fixing the economy. McCain had no choice, and he looked bad trying.

    McCain wanted to suspend the campaigns, and probably the entire general election. McCain was the conservative candidate, the economic expert. Obama didn't have to claim he could fix anything. The Republican Party had just destroyed the economy. McCain's fate was sealed when TARP was passed without any strings attached. Obama just stood back and watched, feeding McCain all of the rope he wanted.

    April 3, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  20. shaysite

    It couldn't be 1966 in Romney's world. The top income tax bracket at that time was 70%. Romney just said he supports Representative Ryan's plan to drop it to 25%-which would be the lowest it's been in more than eighty years. So I suppose this means Romney actually lives in 1931.

    April 3, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    When seniors cannot or otherwise are not able to purchase health insurance with a RPM voucher, doesn't that mean that they will probably wind up on Medicaid, instead? I think so. The alternative is to turn our seniors away without providing them with needed health care. Not unless the Republicans have an alternative to prevent that scenario, health care will turn into a real human crisis.

    April 3, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  22. Four and The Door

    Anthony
    ...Cutting taxes and expecting government revenue to increase magically, eventually, is not accountability. The Bush tax cuts are still around, and they are still causing deficits, because the extra revenue has not arrived.
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    From 2004 to 2007, federal tax revenues increased by $785 billion, the largest four-year increase in American history. According to the Treasury Department, individual and corporate income tax receipts were up 40 percent in the three years following the Bush tax cuts. And (bonus) the rich paid an even higher percentage of the total tax burden than they had at any time in at least the previous 40 years. This was news to theNew York Times, whose astonished editorial board could only describe the gains as a “surprise windfall.”

    April 3, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  23. Just Say No to Flipper

    "Andrea's full quote also includes "And as we have no plans of our own to tackle these problems, our best strategy to get the GOP back in the White House is to attack President Obama's accomplishments and plans instead of coming up with our own."

    Wow, if that's true there's even more proof Rmoney is unfit to be president.

    April 3, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  24. Great_Day_For_USA

    Hollywood is recasting the movie THE GODFATHER. Axelrod will the Don. Perfect fit.

    April 3, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. Stella

    The mention on Mad Men was brilliant because of the character who said it. A mocking comment from the character who's clearly being drawn as going out of fashion on the show – any mention really – is just a reminder who has the gravitas in politics these days. Romney looked like the relevant face of the future on the show when you consider the context.

    April 3, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
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