David Axelrod Now Openly Plotting Romney Attacks With The Media
David Axelrod, Obama’s most senior adviser, is now holding conference calls with reporters where they’re strategizing together. Do you believe this?
Democratic strategists are now fighting to preserve the narrow poll lead which Mr Obama enjoyed in the run-up to the debate, as fired-up Republicans aim to capitalise on the primetime thrashing and entrench the image of Mr Romney as a potential President.
Mr Axelrod, speaking on a campaign conference call, made an appeal to reporters to make the points that Obama himself had failed to make in the debate.
‘All of you who travel on the road with Governor Romney know that he just few weeks ago stood up and said we didn’t need any more teachers,’ he said. ‘Last night he couldn’t be more enthusiastic about teachers and more teachers.’
Mr Romney had delivered ‘a very vigorous performance but one that was devoid of honesty’, Mr Axelrod said.
‘And so today, as the day after, I think the question for you [the media], for the American people is really one of character and whether or not a candidacy that’s so fundamentally rooted in hiding the truth and the facts from the American people and deception is the basis of trust on which you assign the presidency to a person.
Here’s more from The Daily Caller…
Surrounded by whooping Republicans and suddenly unfavorable data, chief Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod called in the media cavalry today.
And several reporters on the 11:15 a.m. phone conference promptly offered questions that bordered on advice.
“Axe, I’m not sure you can hear me, David,” said NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, when she was invited to ask a question Oct. 4.
“I’m wondering whether the president, whether you have rethought the strategy of not bringing up either women’s issues, or the 47 percent or some of the other issues that have worked so well for you in your campaign advertising and in your stump speech?”
“I understand that there are a lot — particularly our supporters … who would have liked him to have, you know, entered into the record Bain, the tax returns and certainly the 47 percent” issues, Axelrod replied.
Early in the conference, “Axe” urged the reporters to investigate Romney’s statements during his win at the Denver debate against President Barack Obama…
“Thanks very much for doing this everyone,” said the Washington Post’s Scott WIlson when he was invited to ask a question.
“Just to focus again on the president’s performance last night, you all have read some of the reviews — he appeared listless, distracted, annoyed at times. Will you be talking to him about that?”
“I’m not a theater critic. … He didn’t do it perhaps as much as Gov. Romney did as a performance, I readily concede that,” responded Axelrod.
But, he reassured Wilson, “I’m sure he will consider his approach moving forward, but I know he’s very very eager for the next debate on the 16th.”
“Hi guys, thanks for doing this,” said Sam Stein, a reporter at the Huffington Post.
As John Nolte of Breitbart has noted, now that Romney has humiliated the media they’re going to be out for revenge.