Authors: Joshua Cohan
(CHICAGO) -- David Axelrod, President Obama’s top campaign strategist, said Friday that he would go as far as to fire anyone who referred to presidential candidate Mitt Romney as “weird.”
Axelrod’s declaration during an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe came after an article earlier this week by Politico, in which anonymous aides and advisors from Obama’s reelection campaign were quoted as saying that they were ready to launch a “ferocious personal attack” on Romney. One source was quoted as saying that the focus needs to "kill Romney" figuratively speaking, and that there was a “weirdness factor” about Romney. Critics pounced, claiming "weird" was a code word for Romney's Mormon faith.
But Friday morning Axelrod pushed back on the report, telling host Joe Scarborough when asked if he’d go as far as to fire staffers who used the word “weird” in reference to Romney, he would.
“I would if someone used words like 'weird' I would certainly do that, yes,” said Axelrod. “I thought that was totally inappropriate.”
“All of it is garbage,” he added.
And on ABC’s Good Morning America, Axelrod suggested that reporters should stop relying on these unnamed sources.
“Anyone who purports to be a source of the Obama campaign who makes those remarks who made those kind of comments should be removed from those reporters rolodexes,” said Axelrod.
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