“We’ve said that’s not fair game,” he said on CNN’s State of the Union. When asked whether the campaign “repudiate[s] the idea that Mormonism should be on the table” this election season, Axelrod insisted: “absolutely.”

He added, however, that Romney should to come out stronger against attacks on Obama’s former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. A recent GOP ad proposal unearthed by the New York Times that aimed to focus in on Obama’s relationship with the pastor brought the racially-charged issue to the forefront of the campaign this week. While Romney repudiated the ad, Axelrod and he wasn’t vehement enough in his disapproval.