Axelrod chides Booker for defending Romney
May 21st, 2012
02:50 PM ET
3 years ago

Axelrod chides Booker for defending Romney

(CNN) – David Axelrod, the president's senior campaign strategist, scorned fellow Democrat and Obama supporter Cory Booker after the Newark mayor defended Mitt Romney this weekend.

"In this particular instance, he was just wrong" Axelrod said Monday in an interview with MSNBC.
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Filed under: 2012 • Cory Booker • David Axelrod • Mitt Romney • President Obama
May 20th, 2012
10:45 AM ET
3 years ago

Axelrod: Fund-raising pitch cited Wright threat to combat super PACs

(CNN) – David Axelrod on Sunday defended a fund-raising push on behalf of President Barack Obama's re-election that played off the threat of a proposed Republican-backed ad plan that would have linked the president to comments made by his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.

Obama's campaign adviser said the pitch, which came in an e-mail to supporters, was necessary to combat super PACs behind Republican candidates and causes. He specifically mentioned an independent group supported by Karl Rove that launched a month-long $25 million ad buy last week.
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Filed under: 2012 • David Axelrod • Fundraising • Mitt Romney • TV-State of the Union
May 7th, 2012
10:10 PM ET
3 years ago

Video: Axelrod on Joe Biden's comments: 'That is the president's policy'

(CNN) - A day after Vice President Joe Biden said he was "absolutely comfortable" with same-sex marriage, David Axelrod explained to CNN's Piers Morgan there was no difference in Biden's views and the views of President Barack Obama.

"I feel, Piers, that on the policy that the vice president was describing there, that they are in complete accord," Axelrod, Obama's campaign senior strategist, said. "That is the president's policy. He believes that couples, heterosexual couples, – gay couples should – should have – have the same legal rights. So what the vice president was stating there was very much in keeping with that policy."


Filed under: David Axelrod • Same-sex marriage
Team Obama to spend $25 million on May ads
May 7th, 2012
12:48 PM ET
3 years ago

Team Obama to spend $25 million on May ads

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign will spend $25 million in May on ads in 12 battleground states released Monday, according to senior campaign adviser David Axelrod.

In addition to the large figure behind the positive spots, Axelrod said the campaign would respond to "attacks" from Mitt Romney's presidential campaign and the super PACs supporting his candidacy.

Read more about the ads: Obama campaign seeks to frame the narrative with new ads
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • David Axelrod • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Rubio defends Romney over U.S. handling of Chinese dissident, Axelrod fights back
May 6th, 2012
01:46 PM ET
3 years ago

Rubio defends Romney over U.S. handling of Chinese dissident, Axelrod fights back

(CNN) – Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida stood by Mitt Romney in his reaction to the U.S. handling of a Chinese dissident this week, saying the presumptive GOP presidential nominee did not overreact to the situation.

"I think this crisis is a reminder of what we are dealing with in China," Rubio told "Fox News Sunday." "And we hope that there are reformers in that government that are pushing for a more open system."
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Filed under: 2012 VP Pick • China • David Axelrod • Marco Rubio • Mitt Romney
Axelrod blames GOP for immigration stalemate
April 22nd, 2012
10:12 AM ET
3 years ago

Axelrod blames GOP for immigration stalemate

(CNN) – Obama re-election campaign senior adviser David Axelrod put the onus on Republicans for the failure to pass immigration reform in the president's first term.

Axelrod said a congressional "reign of terror" has prevented supportive Republicans from cooperating on immigration issues, which were a hallmark of President Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.
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Filed under: 2012 • David Axelrod • Immigration • President Obama • TV-State of the Union
April 12th, 2012
07:28 PM ET
3 years ago

Axelrod expresses no qualms at targeting Rosen, a 'friend'

(CNN) – David Axelrod, senior strategist for the president's re-election campaign, on Thursday stood by his criticism of longtime Democratic ally Hilary Rosen after she made a controversial comment about Ann Romney.

The campaign quickly distanced itself from Rosen when she argued Wednesday that Ann Romney is unable to relate to working mothers because she had been a stay-at-home mom and "never worked a day in her life."
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Filed under: 2012 • Ann Romney • David Axelrod • Mitt Romney
Grassley calls Obama 'stupid' on Twitter
April 9th, 2012
08:30 AM ET
3 years ago

Grassley calls Obama 'stupid' on Twitter

(CNN) - Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who has long been an outspoken critic of President Barack Obama, used scathing language in a tweet Saturday to condemn the president's remarks about the Supreme Court last week.

"Constituents askd why i am not outraged at PresO attack on supreme court independence. Bcause Am ppl r not stupid as this x prof of con law," Grassley wrote, using typical shorthand for the social networking website.
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Filed under: Chuck Grassley • David Axelrod • President Obama
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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Filed under: 2012 • David Axelrod • Mitt Romney
Axelrod: Romney is ‘looking in a funhouse mirror’
March 18th, 2012
02:38 PM ET
3 years ago

Axelrod: Romney is ‘looking in a funhouse mirror’

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's senior campaign strategist, David Axelrod, on Sunday hit back against Mitt Romney’s recent line in which the Republican presidential frontrunner calls himself an “economic heavyweight.”

“If (Romney) thinks he's an economic heavyweight, he must be looking in a funhouse mirror,” Axelrod said on the CBS program “Face the Nation.”
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Filed under: 2012 • David Axelrod • Mitt Romney
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