August 12th, 2012
09:30 AM ET
2 years ago

Axelrod calls Ryan a 'right wing ideologue'

(CNN) – A day after Mitt Romney named Rep. Paul Ryan his running mate, the Democratic attack line on the newly minted Republican ticket centered on Ryan's budget proposal and his conservative stance on social issues.

Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," President Barack Obama's senior campaign adviser David Axelrod said the president felt Ryan, while 'genial,' would drive Medicare, the government-run health care program for seniors, into the ground.
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Filed under: David Axelrod • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan
August 6th, 2012
03:24 PM ET
2 years ago

Republicans point to Axelrod as Reid-Romney feud deepens

Washington (CNN) - Republicans on Monday stepped up attempts to undermine Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's unsubstantiated allegations that Mitt Romney went 10 years without paying taxes, saying Reid and other Democrats' accusations are being orchestrated by President Barack Obama's campaign – specifically his senior campaign adviser David Axelrod.

To that end, Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer noted that Axelrod visited Senate Democrats for their weekly lunch last Tuesday. Later that afternoon the Huffington Post story published with Reid's allegations about the presumptive GOP nominee not paying any taxes.
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Filed under: 2012 • David Axelrod • Harry Reid • Mitt Romney • RNC
Axelrod: Team Romney launching 'shameful' attack on voting rights lawsuit
August 5th, 2012
12:58 PM ET
2 years ago

Axelrod: Team Romney launching 'shameful' attack on voting rights lawsuit

(CNN) – David Axelrod, senior campaign adviser to President Barack Obama, forcefully hit back Sunday against accusations that the president's re-election team was trying to curb early voting rights for Ohio military voters and those residing overseas.

Mitt Romney's campaign said Saturday that a lawsuit filed by Team Obama against Ohio's secretary of state targets military voters by saying "it is unconstitutional for Ohio to allow servicemen and women extended early voting privileges during the state's early voting period."
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Filed under: 2012 • David Axelrod • Ohio
July 15th, 2012
10:03 AM ET
2 years ago

Axelrod: Obama could have Swiss bank account if he wanted

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's accounts in offshore tax havens would have repercussions in essential governing decisions if he's elected president, a top adviser to President Barack Obama claimed Sunday.

David Axelrod said on CNN's "State of the Union" that Romney's accounts in places like Switzerland, the Cayman Islands and Bermuda would cloud his decision-making on reforming the tax code, and that the current president had avoided such conflicts of interest in his own investing choices.
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Filed under: 2012 • David Axelrod • Mitt Romney • President Obama
June 10th, 2012
10:42 AM ET
3 years ago

Axelrod weighs in on Obama’s private sector comments

(CNN) - While President Barack Obama walked back his remarks last week and said it was "absolutely clear" that the economy, in fact, was "not doing fine," his campaign's senior adviser on Sunday had a hard time making the same concession.

Asked repeatedly about the president's initial comments, in which Obama said Friday the private sector was "doing fine" compared to the public sector, David Axelrod said on CNN's "State of the Union" that the private sector certainly needs more jobs but did not go as far as mirroring the president's clarification on the state of the economy.
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Filed under: 2012 • David Axelrod • Economy • TV-State of the Union
June 7th, 2012
05:18 PM ET
3 years ago

Axelrod brushes off Romney's big money month

(CNN) – The senior strategist for President Barack Obama's re-election team said he's "not surprised" his campaign raised less money last month than Republican rival Mitt Romney.

David Axelrod attributed Romney's May haul of $77 million to the end of the Republican primary season, allowing the presumptive GOP nominee to shore up cash that was previously going to a crowded field of contenders.
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Filed under: David Axelrod • Fundraising • Mitt Romney • President Obama
May 31st, 2012
04:02 PM ET
3 years ago

Axelrod: 'I like our math'

(CNN) – The same day a new poll showed the presidential race in a dead heat across three major battleground states, President Barack Obama's top campaign adviser remained confident that the numbers will line up for the president in November.

"I like our math in terms of getting to that 270, but we're going to have to fight hard," David Axelrod said Thursday, referring to the number of electoral votes needed to win the election.
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Filed under: 2012 • David Axelrod • President Obama • TV-John King U.S.A.
Rowdy news conference pumps up presidential campaign
May 31st, 2012
02:10 PM ET
3 years ago

Rowdy news conference pumps up presidential campaign

(CNN) - A raucous news conference Thursday in Mitt Romney's home state of Massachusetts, with pro-Romney demonstrators trying to shout down campaigners for President Barack Obama criticizing the former governor, escalated the November election campaign more than five months before the voting.

Romney, meanwhile, traveled to a shuttered solar panel maker Thursday to focus attention on what he called a symbol of the Obama administration's failed economic policies, as well as cronyism.

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Filed under: 2012 • David Axelrod • Massachusetts • Mitt Romney • President Obama
May 31st, 2012
01:25 PM ET
3 years ago

Axelrod launches attack on Romney's home turf

(CNN) – The Obama re-election team launched an all-out offense against Mitt Romney's record while governor of Massachusetts on Thursday with his top strategist arguing the "failed" policies supported by Romney as governor mirror those he now espouses.

On the steps of the Massachusetts State House, David Axelrod compared the promises Romney makes on the trail to those he delivered to Massachusetts voters, policies that he said led, among other things, to an increase in taxes and debt, a drop in job creation and cuts to education.
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Filed under: 2012 • David Axelrod • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Obama campaign launches assault on Romney's Massachusetts record
May 30th, 2012
06:10 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama campaign launches assault on Romney's Massachusetts record

(CNN) – After weeks of hitting Mitt Romney for his tenure at Bain Capital, President Barack Obama's re-election team shifted focus to the Republican's record as governor of Massachusetts Wednesday, painting his time in the state house as overloaded with unfulfilled promises.

In a campaign memo, Obama campaign senior strategist David Axelrod wrote that Romney gave voters a misleading portrayal of his business background. Axelrod will hold a campaign press conference at the Boston State House Thursday, an Obama campaign source said.
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Filed under: 2012 • David Axelrod • Mitt Romney • President Obama
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