Video: David Axelrod makes the case for Mitt Romney

posted at 7:31 pm on April 15, 2012 by Tina Korbe

A great rapid response effort by the Mitt Romney team on this one … In an interview on Fox News Sunday this morning, David Axelrod said the 2012 election will come down to a choice: Do Americans want “an economy that produces a growing middle class and gives people a chance to get ahead and their kids a chance to get ahead?” Or do they want to continue down “the road we’re on”?

The Romney camp quickly clipped the interview and uploaded the relevant soundbite as a YouTube video — then tweeted it out.

Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul wrote quickly, “@davidaxelrod’s right: choice IS btwn growing economy vs continuing down down [sic] road we’re on.”

Romney’s digital director, Zac Moffatt, tweeted along the same lines. “VIDEO: Did @davidaxelrod endorsed [sic] @Mittromney this morning? Sounded like it.”

Moffatt added the hashtag #Axelrod4Romney, a clever little addition.

The idea was rapidly picked up by Congressman Darrell Issa, Erick Erickson and others.

Don’t you just know David Axelrod is kicking himself right now?


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A great rapid response effort by the Mitt Romney team on this one

This story and the way Ann Romney was out there quickly tweeting about Hilary Rosen’s moronic comments gives me hope that Romney 2012 is far more into the social media than McCain 2008. I realize there are physical reasons why McCain himself doesn’t do much with a computer but his whole campaign came off as a bunch of Luddites.

This campaign seems different.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2012 at 7:55 AM

More evidence there is no script?
Axelrod and Rosen are not rookie backbenchers.
Obama’s “unprecedented” and Carney’s “Hilary who?”.

Bad improvisation. Likely from having No message, no script.

Press and staff are fine “in the loop”, as part of the game.
There is no “inside” if there is no message, no plan.
Expect internal dissent and press defections.

PaleoRider on April 16, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Don’t you just know David Axelrod is kicking himself right now?

I think he’s probably just regretting the term continues in the direction we are headed. That “continues” bit is what a challenger throws at an incumbent. My guess is that running from an incumbent status for the first time since his days in the IL Senate has thrown Team Obama for a loop. Axelrod phoned it in with a standard pitch at the end of an interview briefly making the case why we should elect his guy. Axelrod just forgot what side of the equation his guy was running.

But I agree it comes down to a choice if we want to continue the Obama economic failures or not.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Carney’s “Hilary who?”.

PaleoRider on April 16, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Wasn’t that more along the line of “Which Hilary?” I have no doubt that we a gaffe or two from Carney suddenly finding the need to spend more time with his family or something. Team Obama is going have to do a lot more tap dancing as the campaign issues become more defined. They’ll need a spokesperson who exudes the idea of competence not suggesting that the White House logs are faulty because of all the people named Hilary Rosen that are running around the country.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2012 at 8:07 AM

In other news, the White House has decided to issue teleprompters to all its workers.

Ukiah on April 16, 2012 at 8:35 AM

need a spokesperson who exudes the idea of competence…
Happy Nomad on April 16, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Carney looked delightfully bad there. Laugh out loud, “is this a joke” level of bad.

Add in old pros Rosen and Axelrod looking ridiculous?
My take? They cannot get on the same page, because there isn’t one.
They are simply reacting.

This is an issue for the media, and why I predict some fun issues,
random flare-ups, unexpected criticisms.
They cannot take days off, need to speak, write.
But what to say, What is the spin?

Look for questions like, “what is the message?”, “what happens next?”.
Things that translate to: “what am I supposed to say?”.

Without guidance, central leadership and talking points, they will be left to their own thoughts, own ideas.

Fun times, as the meltdown spreads.

PaleoRider on April 16, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Fun times, as the meltdown spreads.

PaleoRider on April 16, 2012 at 8:42 AM

I’m not sure Team Obama has settled on a message yet. They can’t run on Obama’s record. The war on women meme hasn’t really gotten them the traction they thought and has essentially alined those who value religious freedom and stay-at-home moms against whatever gains they had hoped to make.

Today it is all about the Buffett Rule (now renamed the Romney Rule) which has absolutely no chance of passing but helps set the ball for a class warfare attack. Hard to see how they are going to ride to victory on a theme that they are against the 400 people to home this rule would apply.

In the end Team Obama will try to run out the clock by interjecting themselves into things that merely distract like the Trayvon Martin case.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2012 at 9:02 AM

I get the feeling that the wheels are coming off the bus. This might be a disaster for Obama and Democrats. Let’s see what happens next.

odannyboy on April 16, 2012 at 9:02 AM

It`s why I`m not too worried about Mitt going soft like McCain did. Romney is a businessman who doesn`t like to lose and will do what it takes to win. You know, ruthless Bain Capital hard-ass that he is, right Newt? :)

ThePrez on April 15, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Mitt Romney, with all of his material advantages, is not spending 6 years of his life in seedy Holiday Inns only to roll over for Obama after Labor Day.

John McCain was content to be NOMINATED for president. Romney is determined to be ELECTED president.

matthew8787 on April 16, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Tina

I sincerely believe that you have lost your mind. You want to win so badly that you have made a pact with the devil. Mitt Romney isn’t Thurston Howell III. He is Simon Legree.

Most Americans came here for a better life. It was the Mitt Romney’s of the world that our ancestors were running away from.

Tina, there are many honest, hard working people who work in the financial markets. They pride themselves on managing their portfolios and investing in healthy companies to return a profit for their clients. It is a matter of trust. Our word means something. We have established a bond of trust with repeat customers.

A culture of greed has infested the financial markets. It is a cancer. While at Bain Capital Mitt Romney intentionally targeted companies which were cash rich and loaded them with debt. He recklessly drove them into bankruptcy. What the hell do you think he will do to this country?

Mitt Romney is morally bankrupt. You are in denial. Mitt Romney is everything that is wrong with this country.

If the only options are Barack Obama and Mitt Romney there is no choice here.

The fact that you are so willing to get behind a Mitt Romney proves just how morally bankrupt you have become yourself.

There are many of us that do battle in the financial markets with the morally bankrupt Mitt Romney’s of the world 5 days a week. Yet we still manage to live a comfortable life and sleep at night.

It’s time for you to step back from yourself so you can see more clearly.

If the choice is evil verses evil there is no choice. It takes an honest man to admit it.

Jayrae on April 16, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Obama’s record sucks & they’re running out of spin.

22044 on April 15, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Help drive Obama to a massive defeat. Don’t purchase ANYTHING you don’t need until the end of October – after which time the economic stats won’t help Obama.

Delay purchases on everything – clothes, lavish vacations, autos, durable goods.

My wife wants to replace our stove. I said fine, late October or thereafter.

Don’t spend your tax refund – pay down debt or put it in savings.

We can all have the greatest Christmas and Hanukkah this year knowing that the Empty Suit is a lame duck on his way out.

matthew8787 on April 16, 2012 at 10:39 AM

But all the trolls on here have been complaining for MONTHS that Romney was too weak to ever attack the administration or do anything to really win the election…

Looks like you were wrong once again!

They have created an awesome rapid response team- from Rosen’s comments to this they were able to respond within a few hours..

when is the last time we have had competent communications efforts?!

AirForceCane on April 16, 2012 at 10:46 AM

I would suggest you study the actions of a narcissist under attack. The root of narcissism is an inner insecurity and once they are crushed publicly, they fall HARD. If something happens to cause Obama to become a laughingstock OR cause a mutiny within his ranks (may already be happening with the moderate Dems), my guess is he can deflate rather rapidly. Sort of the whole “man behind the curtain” thing.

crosspatch on April 15, 2012 at 8:24 PM

We need to bait Obama into losing his infamous nasty temper in public.

Once this mask falls off, he is toast.

matthew8787 on April 16, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Jayrae on April 16, 2012 at 10:38 AM

You are a flapadoddle

gerrym51 on April 16, 2012 at 11:10 AM

It`s why I`m not too worried about Mitt going soft like McCain did. Romney is a businessman who doesn`t like to lose and will do what it takes to win. You know, ruthless Bain Capital hard-ass that he is, right Newt? :)

ThePrez on April 15, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Mitt Romney, with all of his material advantages, is not spending 6 years of his life in seedy Holiday Inns only to roll over for Obama after Labor Day.

John McCain was content to be NOMINATED for president. Romney is determined to be ELECTED president.

matthew8787 on April 16, 2012 at 10:34 AM

I haven’t been a Romney supporter (well, in 2008 I was, but I digress) until he went through the entire process–but if anything, Romney’s time at Bain may be the most significant qualification he could have for becoming President once the “unmitigated disaster” known as Obama leaves the WH.

Thanks, Newt, for pointing out to everybody just how qualified this man is in comparison to all the good but one-trick ponies on the (R) side and the I’m-going-to-redistribute-your-pony (D) incumbent.

I have no doubts about Romney’s economic qualifications. If he becomes President and acts strongly, I hope for economic recovery by 2015; then hope Congress won’t get whitewashed in 2014, so at least a recovery can stay on track.

No matter who is President, I think 2013-14 will be very bad years economically. The car has been bogged down in the ditch, and now all the tires have been flattened. This is no longer a question of which direction do we want to take; it is a question of whether or not we can teach a whole generation how to be productive and promote our continued survival.

rwenger43 on April 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM

No matter who is President, I think 2013-14 will be very bad years economically

I think there is a lot of money on the sidelines and pent up demand — people are hoarding cash in the hope that Obama will be gone.

If you want to hurt Obama, shut off your pocketbook until late October. Save or pay down debt in the meantime. Don’t help retail sales.

matthew8787 on April 16, 2012 at 11:34 AM

This campaign seems different.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2012 at 7:55 AM

Starting to seem that way to me as well. Guess since zero’s still toting around the hackberry, he’s not up on the whole tweeter thing. His crew is getting smacked around (electronically speaking) by Willard’s camp.

I’m starting to warm up to this Mitt 4.0 release.

Lost in Jersey on April 16, 2012 at 11:37 AM

“Wagner’s music is better than it sounds” — Mark Twain

Schadenfreude on April 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM

As the summer wears on this year watch for the democrats to scurry like maniacs for lifeboats on the deck of the USS Obama.

dddave on April 16, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Axelturd looks like Adolf.

He was very much on the defensive throughout the entire interview. Chris did his father proud yesterday.

Schadenfreude on April 16, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Jayrae on April 16, 2012 at 10:38 AM

You lack discernment.

DrSteve on April 16, 2012 at 12:52 PM

damn you, Sigmund Frued!

DrW on April 16, 2012 at 1:30 PM

It’s 2008 all over again. Somebody is stuck in a time warp.

But real people know what’s happened since Obama. And it’s yuck for America.

tarpon on April 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM

This is simple, really. Axelrod and the rest are still stuck in 2008. Their still thinking there is an incumbent named Bush to blame this on (that is, this “road we’re on”). So they have nothing new. They can’t blame Romney directly and can’t take credit for all the “good” things happening because to take any credit means opening the door to criticism for the real (bad) things. Obama and his cronies become responsible for the “road we’re on” and it all falls apart. So we’ll see more straw men and more deflection. The thing is, it’s getting harder and harder to sell this product called Obama (which is the only thing Axelrod is good at). It’s fun watching them work out the Peter principle in so public a way.

BillyWilly on April 16, 2012 at 1:52 PM

I expected Axelrod to turn to stage left and yell “Line!”

KCsecurity1976 on April 16, 2012 at 2:08 PM

A gaffe you can believe in!

Slainte on April 16, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Translation:

He didn’t say what you thought he said. You only think that because he was talking in a “code” that you are too stupid to understand. He actually was speaking in the abstract. (or something).

crosspatch on April 15, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Whaaat…Axeldork talked “in code!” Why that racist bastard, someone call Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, Louis Freakon…Sammy Davis Jr…A-Rod is speaking code and we all know that’s raaaaacist!

Liberty or Death on April 16, 2012 at 3:07 PM

No matter who is President, I think 2013-14 will be very bad years economically

I think there is a lot of money on the sidelines and pent up demand — people are hoarding cash in the hope that Obama will be gone.

If you want to hurt Obama, shut off your pocketbook until late October. Save or pay down debt in the meantime. Don’t help retail sales.

matthew8787 on April 16, 2012 at 11:34 AM

I hope you’re right.

I just look at 7 Bush tax cuts expiring, 5 new tax increases, the inception of the ObamaCare tax penalty for uninsured and massive DoD cuts in our defense-driven community, all taking effect on 1/1 before ant newly-elected officials can make changes. Combine with continued instability in the intl markets and I understand why small business is planning a net gain of 0% in new employees this year.

rwenger43 on April 16, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Ya’ll make it sound like Obama is running as the incumbent. But all indications are that he’s going to try to make the choice between ‘Obama, the Outsider’ and ‘Washington Business as Usual’.

hawksruleva on April 16, 2012 at 3:45 PM

damn you, Sigmund Frued!

DrW on April 16, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Freudian slop — I mean slut arrrgh I mean …

Kenosha Kid on April 16, 2012 at 11:47 PM

“Wagner’s music is better than it sounds” — Mark Twain

That’s my new all-time-favorite Mark Twain quote. Laughed out loud!

guitarman67 on April 17, 2012 at 12:19 PM

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