Axelrod: Obama closing argument 'from his loins'
November 2nd, 2012
06:03 PM ET
6 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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soundoff (237 Responses)
  1. Doug O

    What a disgusting man(?) this axelrod character is. Why does the president's campaign rely so much on such words as "liar", "thief" and this axelrod's fixation with obama's "loins"? Most of the people running the democrats campaign are people that have used expressions that I would tell people to leave, if people used them in my home.

    I used to be a Democrat. It is a shame that now I am ashamed of ever having been a Democrat. The Democrats were once a decent set of people with a decent vision for this country. Now they lean towards being uncivil, filthy mouthed, sources of unfounded accusations, gossip and rumor mongers, perverse ideas and on and on.

    I don't understand it. Really, I don't. I, personally, would benefit from all the "govt programs" they want to institute BUT I balance that against wanting there to be a country left behind for the children of this country. Mine and otherwise. Sometimes I think that the world maybe just needs to take some steps back to a more barbaric state before it will be able to progress towards the future. Maybe we (humans) need to step back a bit and clean out the leeches before jumping back in the pond. Then move on towards the future.

    November 3, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  2. daniel

    Desperation, hunger for power made Romany to go down to a gutter and came up with this nasty ad that says Jeep is going to be shipped to China...waw. I would not have any respect for him remotely if he becomes a president. Any ways he is a mormon.

    November 3, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  3. Otis

    Gas is being rationed in NJ now. We will remember this on Tuesday.

    November 3, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  4. Marika

    Romney sickens me and I am not alone, Utah's Salt Lake Tribune endorsed President Obama even though the State is heavily Republican and Morman in religious beliefs. They called Romney "too many Mitts".

    November 3, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  5. Williams

    Axelrod should have stated that President Obama is arguing from his rear end. Look at the mess this President has made, both domestically and in the middle east. This man has to go. I listened to one of his Friday speeches where he falsely claimed that Romneys approach was top-down and that his was bottom-up. The stupid health care law that puts the federal government in charge of health care is the most top-down move I have ever seen. Pure lies, both on domestic issues and on Libya. This man has to go back to Chicago.

    November 3, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  6. cuisinemanager

    "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."

    Is this the type of adviser you want your president to have, to the Obama people the election is about revenge, of hateful campaigning, about words and not substance. This is painfully ridiculous and embarrassing to the president!
    Talking about loins instead of jobs speaks volumes about our current president!

    November 3, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  7. Anonymous

    This election seems to be coming down to one canidate running to be the next celebrity in office and the other wanting to help the country.
    The other thing that I am tired of is being told that if I vote the wrong way that I am racist, there have been bad white Presidents in the past and the next bad president might be purple.
    The thing that I am sure of is the last Bad president just happens to be black.

    November 3, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  8. Patriot

    Say goodnight Axelrod, you've had your moment in the sun but comments like these show you are a desperate man with an empty playbook.

    November 3, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  9. Name. walkerdog

    Mitt running on fumes. They say a drowing man will catch at a straw.that is so low you don't play with people with those type of games.

    November 3, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  10. christopher reid

    Do we want to see discipline from Barack Obama yes.Surfing on the waves of his 2008 win is it enough to win this time.Yes we can when the moon was bright in the sky but some dark clouds arrived in the form of economic difficulties, what will bring people together under one banner on election day..........toughness.

    November 3, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  11. Paul

    Romney understands the 1% and Obama understands the 99%. I would much rather vote for someone that has a connection to the middle class.

    November 3, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  12. Sonya

    Go obama .

    November 3, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  13. anoel2005

    AxelFRAUD will say anything since he has the talent of having lies fly right off his tongue.

    November 3, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  14. NameRich McRae

    New York under water while President still running around with JayZ and more of the In crowd while people have no food gas shelter.Is America blind with Star Power.Also United Mine workers say vote Romney.

    November 3, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  15. Tedp

    There's obviously a typo. It should be from his lies, not loins.

    November 3, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |

    Obama/biden 100%. The other guy 1%.

    November 3, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  17. Bc

    For those wondering, "loins" is indeed a very unusual and strange word which is archaic and no longer used unless one is ordering dead meat.

    Axelrod is obviously using it here to remind people that Mitt Romney is a strange Mormon and has is making fun if the Mormons most sacred ceremonies.

    November 3, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  18. james

    We shall see. We didn't know him last time. My hope for change is far greater now than when he suggested it four years ago. Go Romney. We've seen nothing but stagnation and change for the worse.

    November 3, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  19. Gabbo

    These people are simply ignorant, and are making a mockery of our Nation in front of the world. Absurd comments.

    November 3, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  20. Gabbo


    November 3, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  21. aurelius

    The president has been consistent all along. A message of honesty and sincerity, a startling contrast with the gunshot approach of his opponent who has hesitated to convey contradictory messages to suit the need of different audiences.

    November 3, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. wrong part

    David Axelrod described the message coming from President Barack Obama days before Election Day as "coming from his loins."

    I was under the impression that what President Obama has to say is coming from a different part of his anatomy.

    November 3, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  23. jpmichigan

    For many years the auto companies have been building cars in other countries. Recently Ford stated the closure of plant in the UK and Netherlands. Cars are built in Brazil, Canada, UK, Netherlands and China, sort of contradicts what the President is trying to prove. What wait until after the election for Chrysler to state obenly the building of Jeep in China. The President picks and chooses who he help with the buy out of the auto companies, union members fine, but non-union or those at Delphi lost out. Just like Lybia, ignore Americans cry for help, so to have the Libian take over security and caused the murder of 4 Americans. Al-quea is not on the run, it is growing stronger. Obama is the President of distortions, fabrications and not for all Americans. No transparency with this administration, or truth telling.

    November 3, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  24. sunsudo

    In my pay envolope this week I found a letter. It reads as follows " Although our costs have increased significantly, I am proud to announce that there will be no immediate changes in our Healthcare plans for 2013, other than those changes that are mandated by the Affordable Care Act. As you may know, if the new law is not repealed, the Affordable Care Act will continue to be phased in over a period of time with many of the new regulations taking effect in January 2013. It is anticipated that our healthcare expenses will raise 8-12% in 2013 because the new regulations that take effect next year. Should this happen, we will have to reevaluate the benefit package we offer today, or consider layoffs. "
    Way to go odummer. My taxes are going to go up and I'm either going to lose benefits or be laid off

    November 3, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. riamb60


    November 3, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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