Did Obama Campaign Adviser David Axelrod Endorse Romney’s Economic Policies in Fox News Sunday Interview?
President Obama’s Senior Campaign Adviser David Axelrod made some comments on this weekend’s Fox News Sunday that are raising eyebrows. Axelrod said, “The choice in this election is between an economy that produces a growing middle class and that gives people a chance to get ahead, their kids a chance to get ahead, and an economy that continues down the road we’re on.” Say what? The man who helped get President Obama into office seems to be saying that America needs a change from today’s economy.
Mitt Romney’s campaign immediately seized on the comments tweeting out messages that David Axelrod had endorsed Romney. But did they make too much of Axelrod’s obvious misstatement.
Brad Blakeman, former deputy assistant to President George W. Bush, said, “It’s good political fodder to have a misstatement by your chief political advisor who happens to in this instance agree, at least literally, with what your candidate Mitt Romney has said many times and what he stands for. “ Blakeman continued, “The fact of the matter is this economy is not better off, people have no hope. Now, they seek change away from President Obama’s taxing and spending, and adding to the deficit.”
South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Dick Harpootlian argued that President Obama’s economic policies, including the proposed Buffett tax, are the way forward. He said, “If I were Mitt Romney, I’d be grabbing on it too. If you look at Mitt Romney’s plans, if you look at what he proposed, back to George Bush’s policies, cut taxes for the rich … If you’re going in that direction, you’re going to the past. Barack Obama is advocating going to the future. It’s going to take more than three or four years to clean up the mess y’all made, Brad.”