November 15th, 2009
12:53 PM ET
10 years ago

Axelrod slams Romney

(CNN) – A top adviser to President Barack Obama says Mitt Romney should hold his criticism until he knows what he’s talking about.

In a pre-taped interview for Sunday’s :“State of the Union” program on CNN, Obama senior advisor David Axelrod fired back at criticism by Romney that the president was taking too long to decide on whether to send more troops to Afghanistan.

“I know that Gov. Romney has never had responsibility for any decision akin to this, so he just may not be familiar with all that it entails,” Axelrod said of the former Massachusetts governor.

Obama held his eighth meeting with his war council of senior Cabinet and Pentagon officials last week to further consider a request by his commanding general in Afghanistan to send up to 40,000 more troops to bolster the 68,000 already committed.

Axelrod called the deliberation process, which has lasted more than two months, a necessity when considering the lives of American troops involved and the enormous investment by the United States.

He noted that the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who made the troop request, have supported Obama’s decision-making steps so far.

Republicans criticize the president for moving too slowly to supply the troops that McChrystal says are necessary for a successful mission. They accuse Obama of both indecisiveness and playing politics by delaying an answer that may anger his liberal support base.

In a speech last week, Romney complained Obama was making campaign appearances on behalf of fellow Democrats while failing to resolve the Afghanistan troop question. Romney also questioned why Axelrod, whom he described as a political operative, was involved in meetings on Afghanistan.

Axelrod responded that he attends the meetings as an observer so he can communicate to the news media and public what is going on.

“I have not said a word in any of those meetings,” Axelrod said.

He also criticized Romney for unfairly characterizing Obama’s actions.

“Gov. Romney has to choose one argument or another,” Axelrod said. “Either he has to say he (Obama) is not paying attention or he has to say he is taking too long because he has been involved in a rigorous review.”

Obama is taking the time to ensure the right decision is made, Axelrod said. In a dig at the previous Republican administration, Axelrod added: “We've seen in the past what happens when we don't do that; when we don't do the necessary preparations.”

soundoff (308 Responses)
  1. Kyle

    Ole Mitt hasn't got any solutions...but he can sure gripe!!!!

    November 15, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. Holly

    Everything and anything is wrong is Mitt's eyes.....afterall, he's a disgruntled Republican!!

    November 15, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. Reed

    Romney is just another disgruntled Republican who thinks he's God.

    November 15, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. Larry S

    Oh my gosh . . . the liberals continue with the same old talking points. Blame others and do not provide support for any of your own comments. Please stop the talking points . . . it shows your lack of intelligence.

    November 15, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. Dave, the Truthteller

    Neville Obama – "There is peace in our time". It's happened before, it will happen again.

    November 15, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  6. A.B.

    Mitt Romney is merely trying to score political points in an effort to rerun for the U.S. Presidency. He is going about this the wrong way. Romney is operating from a position of ignorance and not knowledge and will not be successful were he to run for President in 2012. President Obama's eventual success in reforming the American health insurance system and in turning the economy around and bring our troops home will nullify Romney's 2012 candidacy.

    November 15, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. Impeach them all

    After reading all these comments, why do Democrats continue to say, "The Party of No", when they are bashing Republicans. What, they are not allowed to question everything that King Obama is doing? They all need to get in line and follow blindly like you leftists do? This is a democracy, not a monarchy. But you Democrats don't think like that do you? You are nothing but pure Hate for anything that stands up to your chosen one. Years ago, I recall the Democrats being the Party of No when Bush was President, but all of you seem to forget that. It's all Bush's fault now, so we can give Obama a free ride on everything he's doing.

    When will you idiots get it though your thick heads that Obama is NOT a Leader. He has never left Campaign mode. Has he even been in the White House a week straight, without flying off to some place to make a speech using our tax payer money? No. He tells us to save our money, but why? So he can just tax us and take it away faster then we can earn it. He and the Democrats are destroying America under the guise of "Not my fault, it was all Bush." He goes into a "Crisis" to pass his agenda without letting anyone get a say-so, then sits on his hands when our Military is in need of help. He is continuing his ways as Senator, voting Present on the important issues and just hoping they would go away.

    You may have been stupid enough to believe his lies(Promises) to vote Obama into the Presidency, but he is no leader and never will be. The Teleprompter/Campaigner in Chief is a coward and has yet to stand up for America. Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Dodd and the rest of the Corrupt need to be Impeached before they can effectivly destroy everything this Country stands for. What they are doing now are the reasons why our founding father left Europe to form America.

    November 15, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. milwaukee

    Axelrod knows his Chicago-style politics won't work against somebody as intelligent and as mainstream as Mitt Romney in 2012, so he's trying to portray Mitt in a bad light now while he can.

    Romney is going to sink his teeth deep into the Obama juggernaut all the way until 2012.

    November 15, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. Beth

    I have to chuckle...NASA has to clarify to us dumb Americans that the world is not ending in 2012. No wonder we fall for all the lies, distortions, and fibs the Republicans throw at us. We believe anything.

    November 15, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. joc,alabama

    Name one thing the republicans done to benefit this country as a whole,for 12 years,absolutely nothing but keep up crap.No ideas no solutions,just keep up crap,if the last administration took time to think we wouldn't be in this mess!

    November 15, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. Larry S

    Is it possible for just one liberal to state a fact and support the ignorance of their comments???? I guess not . . . that is what makes a liberal.

    November 15, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  12. Donna

    I'm soooo sick of Republicans, they have become useless.

    November 15, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. Kevin

    First let’s all understand Obama does have a plan. He is so great and powerful that all should follow without question. We the people should just get in line like sheep, even if that means we walk off a cliff.

    Second, if he does nothing there is always the finger which points back to the previous administration.

    Third, all individuals working in the private sector should quit our jobs so we may gain jobs thru the government. This way we can always be thankful we are employees of Obama.

    Fourth, I guess we do not have to quit our jobs. We should not question his takeover of private sector.

    Fifth, always jump to a conclusion when a white cop makes an arrest, but understand when a Muslim kills defenseless individuals.

    Sixth, prior to being elected to office Obama did accomplish many great things. You know, helped ACORN.

    Seventh, embrace all Black Panther types at voting locations to intimidate individuals. We should bring them milk and cookies and allow them to enter the voting booth to ensure we vote correctly.

    Independents, lets start voting both parties out. Get rid of lobbyist, special interest group. Utilize our resources, protect our borders, remove individuals not legally here and punish those foreigners, which have done harm to United States citizens. What is so hard about this?

    November 15, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  14. Hank

    Obama, your doing the right thing.

    40,000 troops lives, please take as much time as you need. I love a presdient who thinks before he acts.

    Don't let anyone pressure you.

    November 15, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. File under "Sarcasm"

    Romney has run successful businesses and served as Governor of Massachusetts. A more appropriate comment would be “I know that Barack Obama has never had responsibility for any decision akin to this, so he just may not be familiar with all that it entails,”

    Mr Axelrod contnues to play the "hatchet man" and try to protect President Obama from the truth about his performance by "shooting the messenger" rather than considering the message.

    November 15, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  16. Oliver

    Mitt thinks he's the new up an coming Republican star......don't forget the Republicans have created a monster called Palin. Enough said.

    November 15, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  17. Limp-Dick Blimpaugh

    There isn't one Reslug that is intelligent enough to listen or understand anything tht is going on. They just shoot off their mouths and scream when ordered to.

    November 15, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  18. W l Jones

    I challenge anyone to show me fact any president of our country had pryor experience before he took office.

    November 15, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. Eden

    Poor ole' Mitt. . . . he's a lost cause.....literally!

    November 15, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. Dee

    It took Obama how long to pick a family pet (which was given to him)? So if a soldier's life is more important than a family pet, I'ld say it will take O about ...hmm...oh, don't bother me now, I HAVE to go to Asia to get some rock-star photo ops. Either send some troops in or get them all out now. In the meanwhile, Hillary plots her next presidential bid. Hey, prez, are you sure it's good to leave the country while Hill & Bill are around?

    November 15, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  21. PAUL

    Mitt Romeny is just trying to steal the spotlight from Sarah Palin....they are both Republican "no-loads"!!!!

    November 15, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  22. Limp-Dick Blimpaugh

    Reslugs are a dying breed. Good to get these lunatics out of the gene pool.

    November 15, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |

    Oh Mitt tie the dog to the top of the car and take a trip. It is republican's like you that make me very proud to support the President You that run with your money your fine homes a couple of books thinks well ok!! now I can be President. No No No the American people have spoken and they continue to speak out loud today..When you are unable to look past what you have, and try to understand those living around you don't maybe then it will click in. I would let each senator know that when the Health Care Reform Bill is sent down, if you have a heart vote the end of the day the history books will show the Heros and the Zeros What do you want to read in the history books?

    November 15, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  24. pc

    dear bev.......please do not speak for the MAJORITY of our country when you say we don't support our president. it makes you sound very stupid! the majority is still out here.we may be silent as we watch you republicans sound more like fools an ediots every day but beleive me when i tell you we are still out here and barack obama WILL have 4 more years as our leader. just hang in there with the tea baggers,FOX news and limbaugh because we are enjoying the comedy while our party is being strengthened with every hate filled act and deed.
    so bev from above........we ARE THE MAJORITY AND WE WILL RE-ELECT BARACK OBAMA!

    November 15, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  25. Dan

    Romney is an intellectual midget that will criticize Obama 100% of the time. He has no credibility and will probably be one of the Republicans leading contenders for 2012. They just don't get it. Being a member of the opposition party doesn't mean oppose everything, it should mean provide a better choice!

    November 15, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
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