October 7th, 2010
08:31 AM ET
12 years ago

Axelrod sizes up 2012 field on Letterman

(CNN) - Senior White House Adviser David Axelrod played the presidential guessing game with David Letterman last night on the "Late Show."

Axelrod was asked about possible Republican presidential candidates including former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, businessman Donald Trump and former presidential candidate and Fox News host, Mike Huckabee.

"She too has her own special kind of charisma. I have a soft spot for her," Axlerod said about Palin. "I was at the vice presidential debate and, you know, she winked at me."

On the recent rumors that billionaire Donald Trump might launch a bid for the presidency, Axelrod joked that he wasn't sure he could take the pressure.

"It requires a big ego to run for president," Axelrod said. "I don't think he could handle that."

And if Mike Huckabee decided to run for president, Axelrod told Letterman there would be some jobs available at Fox News.

"A lot of the names you're rolling off all work for Fox News, so if they all run for president there's going to be a lot of openings over here, so if you know anybody… send 'em over," Axelrod said.

Filed under: 2012 • David Axelrod • David Letterman
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Pollwatcher

    It's true - more than half of the frontrunners for 2012 are on Fox News' payroll. Fair and balanced my foot.

    October 7, 2010 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  2. ST

    It will be very fascinating to see who will emerge as GOP candidate!

    October 7, 2010 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  3. Lois

    David Axelrod is Mr. Creepy!

    October 7, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  4. Marie MD

    Good for Axelrod. I loved his tongue in cheek answers. Her "charisma" smells like money and now we know because of miller not endorsing her for president that she is doing it for money – we always knew that he profession was the oldest. Now it's been proven.
    He is rigfhtr most of the rethugs whose names are in the hat for president in 2012 work for faux news. Not the best endorsement for 70% to 80% ODF Americans smart enought not to want to go back to the 1800s..

    October 7, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  5. gt

    who in the world gets there news from david letterman,,, these people need to get a life...

    October 7, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. geecee

    Good to see the witty side of David Axelrod once in a while. He is always so serious.

    October 7, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. PaDoc

    It sounds like Mr. Axelrod was really on his game that night. I wish I caught the show. I was laughing out loud just reading this article! Right arm, man. Thanks for the tongue in cheek. I think I'LL run for president. Better than working for faux news!!

    October 7, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  8. Eric

    When you're down tremendously in the polls...
    when you can't debate the issues...
    when you know you're going to suffer 100-year historic losses in the upcoming election...
    when you can't tout your very successful yet wildly unpopular legislative record...

    you attack...
    you distract...
    you change the subject...
    you point to 2012 and wave the Shiny Palin Object around hoping to distract the Demo-rubes with a Two Minute Hate.

    2010 = Massive, massive, historic 116-year Dem FAIL

    October 7, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. brett

    & Letterman wimps out when it comes to Where's the Certificate ?

    October 7, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Axelrod handled this question with just the right amount of tongue-in-cheek humor! He had something nice to say about everybody that was brought up, even Palin!
    Way to go Axelrod! In your own way you said what the rest of America, Left and Right, already knows in their heart: the GOP has NO ONE to date that would pass muster as a serious Presidential contender. Even if they found a candidate somewhere off-shore that was intellectually equipped for the job, the scandals and skeletons in their closet would probably NOT get him or her past the vetting process!

    October 7, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. Save California businesses (jobs)--Whitman!

    Axelrod is a dope and Letterman hasn't been funny since 1997.

    Democrats have blow the last 4 years and deserve to be voted out of office. Obama has shown what was known before be became president–he's not qualified and is more focused on 'making things fair' (code for Marxism) than doing what is best for Americans and our economy. Vote the bums out.

    October 7, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |