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. ruetienne

    Obama wins with more than 300 electoral votes. Why? How do you say Greedy Old Party? Or American Taliban. Or climate change deniers. Or racist fools. Or LIARS!

    November 3, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |

    When is the press going to tell the truth about the Romney ad that says Chrysler is going to open a Jeep plant in China? The ad is true. It does not say Chrysler is moving jobs to China, it says just exactly what Chrysler is planning to do. Obama is the one who is saying the ad claims Chrysler is moving Jeep jobs to China. Obama is the one telling the lie. The ad does not say that. You only have to do a quick search of Google or Yahoo to verify Chrysler is planning on opening a Jeep plant in China. First article that pops up is from the Detroit news where Chrysler VP Ralph Gilles of Product Design says Chrysler repeatedly has said it has no intention of moving Jeep production to China — merely to add Jeep production there for Chinese buyers. If the Romney ad said Chrysler was moving jobs to China it would be a lie, but the ad does not say that, it says the truth. Where is the press? Does the press care that a company that was bailed out with tax payers money is expanding and creating jobs in China? Millions of Americans do. Where is the press on the truth about this? Protecting and enabling Obama, that's where.

    November 3, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. haystupid

    what exactly was obama telling the people when he said , VOTE FOR REVENGE. Revenge for what? can someone tell me.

    November 3, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. Jake

    Please. The only 'thief in the night" is Obama. Mitt Romney made his money the old fashioned way. He earned it. And he can bring that skill set to the table. The more America denies this basic ideal, the more it will fall into the abyss of complacent narcissism as practiced by the Democrats under the messiah, Mr. Obama.

    November 3, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. walleye46

    On the evening when Obama went to NJ to meet with the hurricane victims and with Christie, NOT A SINGLE mention of it on Fox's Hannity show. All they talked about was blah blah blah Benghazi as if that is what the people are using as a vote parameter.

    November 3, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. on StreetWise

    GEEEEEEEEEEZSH People, we don't need FEMA, Consumer, Health, State, Labour, Education, etc. etc... that will cost us money, lots and lots of MONEY! The thing we only need is the Pentagon and Depart of Defense to keep us safe and secure and we'll be free... Free of the daily tasks that we need to go through without government controls and regulations. I believe that’s Mitt’s five point plan, gut Social Security, Education, Obamacare, Consumer Protection and grow and increase the Military… that’s FIVE points! When your house blows away, or washed away in a flood... just call Halliburton, Inc. and Dick Cheney will answer that call personally, trust me.

    Get away with that huge government, debit and congress... all we need is Mittens, his Magic (TM) shorts, his army of LSD faithfull and faith.... Trust him.

    November 3, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |

    While POTUS and other Democrat-elected officials pose freshly-showered and well-dressed before the camera eye tout "awesome FEMA response," the majority of New Yorkers and New Jersey citizens are living in water-and-oil soaked stench. Air photos of flooded suburban areas tell only a fourth of the story. New York and New Jersey STINKS. I mean, come down here and take a good whiff. Homes with oil furnances and sewage tanks flooded. Oil soaked carpets. The backed-up sewage. The rat feces floating in oil-and sewage soaked houses -- thousands of homes. FEMA stinks, and the Democrat politicians touting it stink even worse.

    November 3, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. Karina

    Americans elected an absentee Senator for President based on grandiose speeches of hope.
    I fell for it like so many others.
    However I won't make the same mistake again.
    Obama has been an incompetent President and his often petty and sarcastic speeches have shown how immature he really is.
    He has nothing new to offer for the next 4 years and suppressing the facts about Benghazi is criminal.
    He doesn't have a record to run on hence his constant name calling and mockery towards Romney.
    Romney is not only a smarter man but has executive experience and sees the bigger picture of our failing economy.
    He was quite right when he said that Fiat bought Chrysler without any plans for any manufacturing jobs in America.
    Taxpayers money saved some jobs in Ohio' auto industry ( unionized ones no less ) but what about the many people who have lost and are losing their jobs.
    How much longer do you think we can keep borrowing and increasing our debt before we leap over the fiscal cliff.
    Obama has to go.

    November 3, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. kmp

    Not exactly what I would say, but understand the context. Yes he speaks with his belief and passion.

    November 3, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. tkinil

    "From his loins"??? What are you kidding me? How positively crude, rude and disgusting. And how positively NON presidential. Blehgghhghg

    November 3, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Some bailout....he bailed out the unions and the stockholders got screwed. Romney was right that they should go through structured bankruptcy. Anything else is just politicfal nonsense. Axelrod, Flouffe and OblameO know it

    November 3, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. Gavin

    We have had four years of Obama making speeches with nothing getting done with jobs and the economy. Now Axelrod says Obama is "talking from his loins". According to Ax (Obama) is really into it. Where has Obama been for the last four years? What has he been doing to get 23 Million people back to work? I'll tell you where he is. He is still talking about it. We don't need more words and speeches, Mr President. We want and need action on jobs and the economy.

    November 3, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. john

    I hopped that he is not the bad guy

    November 3, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Obama has increased the national debt more than all Presidents combined. He hasbeen unable to create jobs and does not care. He lied about ending wars and has killed more soldiers than we lost under Bush. What about Benghazi? Our people reported the terror assult, begged for help and this administrarion denied them! This ia a SCANDAL that is being swept under the carpet by a liberal pro Obama media. OBAMA LIED, OBAMA FAILED.

    November 3, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  15. Dkelly

    Obama has increased the national debt more than all Presidents combined. He hasbeen unable to create jobs and does not care. He lied about ending wars and has killed more soldiers than we lost under Bush. What about Benghazi? Our people reported the terror assult, begged for help and this administrarion denied them! This ia a SCANDAL that is being swept under the carpet by a liberal pro Obama media. OBAMA LIED, OBAMA FAILED.

    November 3, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  16. Larry in Houston

    personally, I don't like neither candidate – but since I'm on the other side of the curve – it really doesn't matter who's IN or who's OUT – I've already voted – straight ticket – guess if I was in my 20's or 30's or 40's – or if I was 50 – I would hope to God that Obama wins – But since I know the s.s. & medicare will be here in a few short yrs. – guess it really doen't matter.

    May the Best Man Win – 2012

    November 3, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. Azmond

    Obama is the best agent of change for the world . Support Obama , vote for his excellence of leadership .

    November 3, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  18. Duke Davis

    Obama has my vote . Vote for Obama .

    November 3, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. pjoe

    What's going on with the Obama campaign? First Biden asked the father of slain navy seal if his son "always had balls the size of cue balls". Now Axelrod with this.

    Maybe that's their way of trying to attract the female vote?

    November 3, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. 123

    There is no such thing as truth , just opinion and propaganda . CNN will interview me in the future about my new book .To take hold of the future and change things , is method , few are aware of , and I will give that method to the world soon . Romney wins election , does 2 terms . Obama gets a seat at Harvard School of International studies , and consults for the Trilateral Commision . I have seen the future , actually been there , it isnt so bad . Accept that Romney wins , and has half of his cabinet are Democrats , more then half are women and people of color . I hold the future , and soon , you will as well . God(dess) bless America , lady Liberty will see us through this trying time . She loves us , and America loves Liberty in return . Lady Liberty , the All American Goddess . The American faith is Liberty .

    November 3, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  21. Ken

    Trickle Down Economics = Trickle Up Poverty (for the middle class)

    November 3, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  22. 123

    What about the Exterraterrestrial American vote , who represents our needs and desires ?

    November 3, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  23. Kemarman

    Romney proposes that each state should handle their own issues through state instead of federal agencies and funding. This is a brilliant idea! Then states like NY, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey won’t see our federal taxes disproportionately sent to all those low population-density states currently entitled to federal aid. They can pay their own way through state funded support. NY metropolitan workers pay Federal, State, City and local town taxes. Yet, all the police protection afforded to UN Diplomats is paid for by metropolitan NY residents, not from federal support. Romney followers be careful what you wish for.

    November 3, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  24. Name

    Must we really picture this socialist's loins?
    Sure there is another southern location he rules from.

    November 3, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  25. Name

    Certain it's not this socialist's squatting loins his thoughts are coming from.
    Perhaps an orifice in close proximity.

    November 3, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
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