President Obama's former top political adviser, David Axelrod, says that "It would be a terrible mistake" for Hillary Clinton not to take questions from the press. Axelrod also once worked for the Clintons.
"I'm starting with a retort that's become familiar with Republicans, David Axelrod, which is: when is Hillary Clinton going to answer questions from the media? We did our own little math. And what's been amazing, since Hillary Clinton became a official candidate for president, there has been a Clinton that has taken quite a few meda questions on camera. Bill Clinton has taken 39 questions on camera, that includes Letterman, Cynthia McFadden, our colleague, also, a CNN interview. Hillary Clinton has done nine," said NBC's Chuck Todd.
"Part of that is because a lot of the questions were about the Clinton Foundation," said Axelrod. "And they made a decision to let him handle those. But look, I think she has to get out there, she has to answer questions. She has to do it routinely so it's not a major news event when she takes a few questions from the news media."
"It makes the press conference thing relevant."
"She has to start getting into the rhythm of a campaign where she's out there, she's answering questions, she making speeches. It would be a terrible mistake to not do that," said Axelrod.
Hillary Clinton has not conducted an interview or held a press conference since announcing her run for president of the United States over one month ago.
David Axelrod has some advice for Hillary Clinton: stop doing what you're doing. Of course, Axelrod, a political professional, put it a little more gently today in an interview with CNN.
But his message remains clear: Clinton should meet with voters (something she's hardly doing), be honest (a constant Clintonian struggle), and throw caution to the wind (something her month-long presidential campaign clearly hasn't even bothered to try).
President Obama's former top political adviser, David Axelrod, told the Hillary Clinton campaign that they'd have to answer questions about the secretary of state's exclusive use of private email. Axelrod made the comments last night on MSNBC:
"There was a rigorous policy about using email" in the Obama administratoin, Axelrod said. "People had private email, but government business was to be conducted on government email."
David Axelrod appears to be responding to Hillary Clinton's criticism of President Obama by reminding everyone of the future presidential candidate's support for the Iraq war. Obama, of course, was against the war from the beginning.
"Just to clarify," Axelrod said on Twitter, "'Don't do stupid stuff' means stuff like occupying Iraq in the first place, which was a tragically bad decision."
Just to clarify: "Don't do stupid stuff" means stuff like occupying Iraq in the first place, which was a tragically bad decision.
David Axelrod, the former top political adviser to President Barack Obama, talks Russia on Twitter. "Crimea and Punishment. Putin riding high at home now, but hard to see how his county benefits in the long run if ruble is in rubble," writes Axelrod.
George E. Condon Jr. at the National Journaldelivers a piece of Beltway analysis that is sure to gladden the hearts of all those living and working (or looking for work) out beyond the Potomac. The insider news is that, while the Obama administration has been through a bit of a rough patch, there is a way to turn things around. David Axelrod, the ace insider, sees it like this:
The administration's second-term woes might have been avoided if only the first term spinners had stayed around. Amie Parnes of The Hill writes of speculation that if Gibbs and Axelrod and Plouffe were: