Axelrod: Obama closing argument 'from his loins'
November 2nd, 2012
06:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Axelrod: Obama closing argument 'from his loins'

Lima, Ohio (CNN) – David Axelrod described the message coming from President Barack Obama days before Election Day as "coming from his loins."

"I've never seen him more exhilarated than he is right now. He believes in what he's doing. He believes in what he's fighting for," Axelrod told reporters Friday after the president's event in Lima, Ohio. "You can see in the speech that he's delivering that this is coming from his loins."

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"I just wanted to say loins," the president's senior adviser added with a smirk. "I wanted to see if I can get loins in the story."

Axelrod's comments followed Obama's third campaign event of the day in Ohio, the latest example of the emphasis Team Obama is putting on the state.

The auto bailout is something the president cites as a major first term accomplishment. It has taken center stage here after TV and radio ads from Mitt Romney's campaign criticized the president over saving companies that are now expanding in China. Obama's campaign and auto CEOs have pushed back hard against the charge that Jeep (owned by Chrysler) and GM are now shipping jobs overseas, a message Axelrod perpetuated.

Axelrod said the ads were slipped on Ohio residents "like a thief in the night," and that Romney "got caught." He described the spot as a "risk" for the Romney campaign, necessary because of their precarious path to 270 electoral votes.

"It backfired horribly," Axelrod said.

"A few ads at the end of a campaign isn't a campaign," senior adviser David Plouffe, standing next to Axelrod, told reporters.

Plouffe, exuding electoral confidence, called recent efforts by the Romney campaign in Pennsylvania "fairytale" and said the auto ad will only serve as a reminder of the president's steps to rescue the industry, which provides a significant number of jobs in the Buckeye State.

An "utterly confident" Axelrod said come Tuesday, the Romney campaign "will be left to wonder why the mythical wave never came."


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  1. Anonymous

    I think romney will do a better job than obama in everything n every way. If you dont believe me. wat we have on the last 4 yrs, nothing but problems every where and everything.

    November 2, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  2. WiredweirdinSF

    Is it not amazing how the mainstream, liberally biased press continues to ignore the Libya story. I guess if they reported it right, it woud hurt the chances of reelecting the most incompetent, corrupt, inept and now murdering president this country has ever had. I know the dope smokers, welfare frauds and corrupt unions are all with him no matter how stupid he is, but for the "press" to ignore the story is scary. But then again it is how we got this Kenyan village idiot as our president in the first place.

    November 2, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  3. spud

    david is right the romney ads did backfire. But then most of mitts ads are total distortions. Wise up and move forward. 2012

    November 2, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  4. plain&simple

    I watched Obama's speech this morning and it struck me as sincere, very heartfelt and totally comfortable with how he has waged his reelection! Even more so on his record. Good luck Mr. President....you have served with integrity!!!!

    November 2, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  5. Chipster

    President Obama has achieved a lot, despite a Republican Congress that has blocked every jobs bill he has sent to them. Despite the numerous "fake jobs bills" the Republicans have passed that are nothing but deregulation bills that don't create jobs. Economists who have reviewed their plans are astonished at how blatantly they strip environmental protections, worker's rights and benefits. One GOP bill even expands the number of visas for foreign workers in skilled jobs that American workers need desperately. But foreign workers will work for less and that means bigger profits and higher executive salaries. Republicans talk patriotic talk but cast patriotism aside when it interferes with profits. I don't understand why voters continue to blindly follow them. Gov. Romney blatantly lies about Chrysler jobs, even after Chrysler exposes the lies!

    November 2, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  6. REDFIRESTORM

    POTUS AND FEMA REALITY CHECK: NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, with the eye of a former State Attorney General, thinks about Benghazi as he listens to CNN interview David Axelrod on 10/28 and announce Team Obama's intent to place politics over NY/NJ pain. In essense, Gov. Cuomo heard Axelrod express greater interest in staying ahead of the Romney campaign to better assure Obama re-election as the expense of concern for New York lives. Governor Cuomo waits and watches intently. POTUS changes tune during the course of the storm - anticipating silent watchful New York Leadership eyes - and meets with FEMA then stays put in his WH luxury suite, rather than prance around other states. Governor Cuomo's Democratic hand of anger still slapped the POTUS's Democratic slick "black" face. Neither The POTUS nor FEMA deserve extra kudos or praise. They did what they were paid with hard-earned New Yorker taxpayor dollars. Guess what? Andrew Cuomo is demanding reimbursement - and he will probably soon demand even MORE from the POTUS. Many people have died, and are left homeless in the rat-infested city. Make no mistake, native New Yorker blood is much thicker than Democrat political sewer water. WELCOME TO POLITICAL REALITY: Donna? Roland? Me'shell "Soul on Ice" - POTUS says the black vote ain't enough for me - I need more. Bring me more whites! SALT N' PEPA "PUSH IT" - POTUS - WITH ELECTION ONLY 5 DAYS AWAY: Simon Gallup said on 10/28 - the same day David Axelrod told CNN about your pre-storm value of politics over NY/NJ pain - that 15% of registered voters have already cast ballots in 52-46% Governor Romney's favor. The others who plan on voting early may show more of an even split. Those who still need to vote on Election day will show Gov. Romney their love 51-45%. Guess what POTUS? This does not reflect a special surprise factor. Simon Gallup says: "Pump it POTUS, pump it REAL good - if you can." Only five days to go to show American women how big your plan is compared to Gov. Romney - so PUMP it long and hard baby - CHECKMATE AXEL-POO POO

    November 2, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  7. REDFIRESTORM

    DEAR PRESIDENT OBAMA: Guess New York State's vision for you - The New York Post has endorsed Governor Romney for the Presidency on 10/25. The New York Times and CBS announced their view of Governor Romney as a "stronger leader on the economy" on 10/30. Sen. Chuck Shumer stated that he will make sure FEMA reimburses NYC Transit Authority for daily loss. He may not stop there. Last but not least is Governor Andrew Cuomo and a long host of key New York State Democrat and Republican political leaders who know about David Axelrod's interview with CNN on 10/28. Mr. President, all of New York State - from Buffalo to Albany and down to Staten Island - now knows that you were planning to continue campaigning against Governor Romney - putting politics before New Yorker lives and property - until you changed your deceitful political tune. Hope you burn in "New York Political Hell" much sooner than later. Knowing the Cuomos, it will be a lot sooner than you think. Mr. President, you are lower than Chicago Democrat scum. New York is a very diverse family - our blood is thicker than dirty political NYC sewer water. The stench between the two of you is "statistically insignificant."

    November 2, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  8. fladventurers

    If you vote for Romney within the next 10 minutes, you get 12 million new jobs, an increase in military spending, reduced taxes on the top 2%, reduced unemployment, and a reduced deficit But that's not all: for the first 500 voters, you'll get a set of Ginsu knives. They slice, they dice, they chop..... Man you folks are gullible.

    November 2, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  9. Airpuff_2000

    Thank you, Mitt Romney, for reminding Ohio voters that President Obama saved the auto industry. It always reminds me of your opinion piece entitled "Let Detroit Go Banktupt". You're such a Car Guy, Mitt.

    November 2, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  10. 2012liberal

    God bless you my president, family and america! Our prayers r w u victums of sandy!

    November 2, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  11. CNN, Sibling of FOX?

    So sad to see the CNN crew pushing the negative re: the northeast devastation. They hightlight the anger, though the their interviewees continually seem to dispel the anger angle (other than the marathon) and inform them of the appearance of FEMA, ConEd, Red Cross.Yes it took them 2 days to get there because the roads were blocked. What is this about inciting anger? Really, why would you always lead with the negative? What are you adding?
    Politics: I told my husband, a staunch conservative, that give them (CNN) time and they'll eat their young (Obama) and sure enough, you're living up to my lack of expectation. It's hard for me to believe that you're not the younger sister of FOX News. Very disappointed in Wolf, Erin, Anderson. Especially Erin, who seemed above the fray. Lately, she's one of the slippery, slimy press. Again, so sad.

    November 2, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  12. Brian James

    I call on Axelrod to apologize to Mormons everywhere. Educated folks know this is a thinly-veiled dig at Mormon tradition. This is 100% not funny and not called for. SHAME on you Mr. Axelrod, SHAME on you and your "smirk".

    November 2, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  13. leukevent

    Here’s the surprise!

    Salt Lake Tribune endorsement: Too Many Mitts,
    Obama has earned another term

    As the conservative Salt Lake (City) Tribune stated, the state's "favorite adopted son, Romney, has become the party's shape-shifting nominee…….

    In short, this is the Mitt Romney we knew, or thought we knew, as one of us.
    Sadly, it is not the only Romney, as his campaign for the White House has made abundantly clear, first in his servile courtship of the tea party in order to win the nomination, and now as the party’s shape-shifting nominee. From his embrace of the party’s radical right wing, to subsequent portrayals of himself as a moderate champion of the middle class, Romney has raised the most frequently asked question of the campaign: "Who is this guy, really, and what in the world does he truly believe?"

    The evidence suggests no clear answer, or at least one that would survive Romney’s next speech or sound bite. Politicians routinely tailor their words to suit an audience. Romney, though, is shameless, lavishing vastly diverse audiences with words, any words, they would trade their votes to hear……we have watched him morph into a friend of the far right, then tack toward the center with breathtaking aplomb."

    November 2, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  14. nobama

    Coming from his loins? OMG ...that is sooo funny?

    November 2, 2012 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  15. abbah r. agor-agalanga

    Well, tuesday isn't that far off.

    November 2, 2012 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  16. Mike kerns

    Hey to all the tea conservatards! At least you people can have a excuse to be the bitter, angry, and hateful for four more years:)

    November 2, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  17. linda jean

    Call it Romney in Womderland. Tickets will have to be given away to see his story. Not a laughting matter when the story is sold to people who believed in him. Ljean

    November 2, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  18. rosethornne

    Why on earth would axelrod come out with a weird remark like that?

    Not clever nor funny.

    November 2, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  19. bfitz

    The dems actually think they can regain the house..hold the Senate and keep barry in office. .Guess what? They can't hold the Senate and the current occupant at 1600 pennsylvania avenue is about to be given an eviction notice. In the midst of this Axelrod says barry's closing argument is 'from his loins". That's the only thing axelgrease has been right about in four years....barry expects the nation to bend over for him again. Guess he missed the memo Romney sent....

    November 2, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  20. Allen

    Poor lil GOP and their huge loss. Needless to say... Obama keeps Hannity in a job. He ought to thank the President for the ability to whine four more years.

    November 2, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  21. Spanglish

    How is possible that some Union Leeches, parasites do not let the Utility workers from Alabama help in time of necessity, neither Christie nor Obama say a thing, are the Unions the protected class? NYC marathon is ridiculous that they have portable potties , generators, water, Gatorade while the persons who are in grief suffering from the disaster don not have even water or food The mayor is a Jerk

    November 2, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  22. KEN

    More Romney arithmetic for his wealthy friends. His 20% across the board tax cut will mean that for lower income Americans the Romney plan will save $140 for every $7000 of income. For the wealthiest Americans his tax plan will save $490 for every $7000 of income. Republican, Democrat or Independent, If you look up the current tax rates and do the math, you will see It's true. On election day it will come down to trust on which deductions will be eliminated and who the new tax code will favor. Willard (Mitt) Romney and Paul Ryan will continue their plan to save America by duping the middle class and seniors into supporting the wealthiest. As Romney and Ryan seem to see it, if you are just a firefighter, police officer, teacher, nurse, coal miner, mechanic, construction worker, janitor, waitress, rancher, farmer or factory worker, you have not worked hard enough to be part of their Wealthy American Dream. To them and their Republican cohorts, if you are middle class, you just don't work hard enough to share their wealthy American dream. Do you really believe that Romney can be trusted to represent and protect the middle class and seniors?

    November 2, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  23. aaron

    Axelrod could have used a better metaphor than "from his loins," but it's not like he slipped up and declared that 47% of Americans are not worth any bother at all as Romney declared.

    November 2, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  24. enuff

    Tell these "advisors" to shut up. They are coming across as being stupid.

    November 2, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  25. Pseudonym

    If Obama's speeches come "from his loins", I wonder where Mitt Romney's come from.

    November 2, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
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