David Axelrod Articles

Axelrod: Chelsea Clinton Attack on Sanders 'Not Honest'

11:50 PM, Jan 12, 2016
David Axelrod, former senior advisor to President Obama, criticized Hillary Clinton's campaign for using Chelsea Clinton to attack her Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders, on healthcare. Read more

New Email: Podesta Rips Axelrod For 'Totally Caving in to Right Wing Economics'

7:33 AM, Dec 02, 2015

In an email released by the State Department, John Podesta blasts David Axelrod for totally caving "in to right wing economics." Podesta, who is currently chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, was speaking ill of Obama's top political adviser in private emails with Clinton aides.

"At least David has his principles in tact like he won't be for small things like school uniforms--only big things like totally caving in to right wing economics," Podesta wrote. "Unbelievable."

The message was sent to longtime adviser Neera Tanden, chief of staff Cheryl Mills, and Doug Band, President Bill Clinton's longtime body man.

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Axelrod: Hillary on 'Double Secret, Super Probation ... When it Comes to Inauthenticity'

'She has to be very careful about not looking like she is not reading from a script.'
2:27 PM, Oct 12, 2015

President Obama's former top political adviser, David Axelrod, took some shots at Hillary Clinton in a Slate interview from over the weekend. Clinton, Axelrod said, is on "double secret, super probation" after flip-flopping and declining to support Obama's trade bill that she previously championed.

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Axelrod Likens Bernie to Howard Dean

9:04 AM, Jul 02, 2015

The former top political adviser to Barack Obama, David Axelrod, has likened the Bernie Sanders surge to Howard Dean's in the 2004 election. Axelrod made the comments on Twitter.

"Bernie's huge crowds recall Howard Dean's in '04 when he rallied 'Democratic wing of Democratic Party,'" said Axelrod. "Dean was impactful, but Kerry won."

Bernie's huge crowds recall Howard Dean's in '04 when he rallied "Democratic wing of Democratic Party." Dean was impactful, but Kerry won.

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Axelrod Hits Hillary for Hidden Email Server

8:15 AM, Jun 17, 2015

President Obama's former top political adviser David Axelrod revealed this morning that he did not know about Hillary Clinton's private email server:

Axelrod called the practice "unusual." He said that if he knew about it when he worked at the White House, "I might have asked a few questions about that."

Axelrod added, "I would have concerns about it."

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Axelrod Compares O'Malley to Gary Hart

7:02 AM, May 29, 2015

President Obama's former top political adviser, David Axelrod, compared Martin O'Malley to Gary Hart in comments this morning on national television:

"David Axelrod, what does Martin O'Malley need to do to break through?"

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Axelrod: 'Terrible Mistake' for Hillary Not to Take Questions

'She has to get out there'
9:29 AM, May 17, 2015

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.

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Axelrod Tells Hillary to Meet Voters, Be Honest, Throw Away Caution

1:06 PM, May 12, 2015

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).

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Axelrod Tells Hillary to Answer Email Questions

7:01 AM, Mar 05, 2015

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."

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Axelrod Defends Rev. Wright, President's Relationship With Al Sharpton

8:40 PM, Feb 09, 2015

David Axelrod defended Rev. Jeremiah Wright and President Obama's relationship with Al Sharpton in an appearance on the O'Reilly Factor on Fox News:

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Axelrod Still Doesn't Know Why Hillary Would Run

10:50 AM, Jan 30, 2015

An MSNBC reported recalled a conversation with David Axelrod, in which the former adviser to President Obama said he still doesn't know Hillary Clinton's running for president:

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Axelrod: Hillary in 'Danger' of Getting 'in Front of Any Rationale for' Her Candidacy

9:06 AM, Dec 16, 2014

On MSNBC, David Axelrod said that Hillary Clinton was in "danger" of getting "in front of any rationale for" her presidential candidacy:

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Axe Takes Ax to Hillary Over 'Stupid Stuff' Comments

9:20 AM, Aug 12, 2014

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.

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Axelrod to Work for Labour’s Ed Miliband

5:31 PM, Apr 17, 2014

The British Labour party announced David Axelrod will be working to help Ed Miliband become the next prime minister.

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Not a Parody

1:06 PM, Mar 17, 2014

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.

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Axelrod: 'Unless Smoking Gun ... Lives 2 Fight Another Day'

1:39 PM, Jan 09, 2014

The former top political advisor to President Barack Obama says that Chris Christie will live to "fight another day," if he's telling the truth. Axelrod made the comment in a tweet.

"Christie handled about as well as he could. Unless smoking gun turns up tying him to scheme, or others arise, he lives 2 fight another day," said Axelrod.


Christie handled about as well as he could. Unless smoking gun turns up tying him to scheme, or others arise, he lives 2 fight another day.

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Change the Subject

11:06 AM, Nov 25, 2013

George E. Condon Jr. at the National Journal delivers 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:

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Blaming the Messengers

8:29 AM, Sep 18, 2013

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:

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Axelrod on Weiner: 'It's Time for Him to Go Away'

10:12 AM, Jul 28, 2013

David Axelrod, a former top political adviser to Barack Obama, says it's "time for" Anthony Weiner "to go away":

"I haven't really commented on this because Huma is a friend of mine, his wife, and I deeply respect her," said Axelrod, of Anthony Weiner's wife, a top political adviser to Hillary Clinton.

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Axelrod: 'Bumps in the Road ... Have to Make Adjustments Along the Way'

10:06 AM, Jul 03, 2013

David Axelrod weighed in on the Obamacare delay for big business:

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Word Choice

10:41 AM, Jun 03, 2013

Talking about the IRS affair on television, former White House senior advisor, David Plouffe, passed it off as the work of a few employees who "did a dumb thing."

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Axelrod to Join Romney at Summer Retreat

2:11 PM, Apr 23, 2013

Mitt Romney will join forces with a former top adviser to President Obama, David Axelrod, this summer.

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Axelrod: Obama Thinks Boston Bombings Could Be Related to 'Tax Day'

9:01 AM, Apr 16, 2013

In explaining why President Obama didn't call the Boston bombings a "terrorist attack," former adviser David Axelrod said, "I'm sure what was going through the president's mind is -- we really don't know who did this -- it was tax day":

"The word has taken on a different meaning since 9/11," Axelrod said of the phrase "terrorist attack."

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Axelrod Hires Holder's Spokesman

10:29 AM, Feb 15, 2013

David Axelrod has hired a spokesman for Eric Holder, Mike Allen notes. "TRACY SCHMALER, director of the Justice Department Office of Public Affairs, departs March 8 to join ASGK Public Strategies, co-founded by David Axelrod, as managing director and head of a new practice group focusing on crisis communications, litigation/regulatory/congressional matters, and issues management," reports Allen.

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Axelrod Claims Obama 'Convened the Top Military Officials that Evening'

Did he?
7:25 PM, Nov 04, 2012

David Axelrod was asked this morning on Fox News Sunday about the decision not to deploy military forces to Benghazi the evening of September 11.

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Axelrod Refuses to Say Whether Obama Is Winning with Independents in Ohio

8:20 AM, Oct 31, 2012

David Axelrod refused to say whether Barack Obama is winning independents in Ohio:

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"Do you think you're ahead amongst independents in Ohio today?" asked writer Mark Halperin. 

Axelrod refused to answer the question, only saying that he "thinks we will win with independents in Ohio."

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Axelrod: I'll Shave Off My Mustache If Romney Wins Minnesota, Michigan, or Pennsylvania

7:38 AM, Oct 31, 2012

Barack Obama senior adviser David Axelrod promised to shave off his mustache of 40 years is Mitt Romney wins Minnesota, Michigan, or Pennsylvania. He made the promise on MSNBC--and pledged to come back on Morning Joe for the shaving.

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Axelrod: 'Enough Already About Moderators'

3:20 PM, Oct 15, 2012

David Axelrod has a message for those worried about debate moderators:

Enough already about moderators. POTUS is ready for a vigorous debate and Q's from all comers!

— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) October 15, 2012

Axelrod's statement comes as tomorrow night's moderator, CNN's Candy Crowley, comes under scrutiny.

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Morning Jay: Politics and the Gallup Poll

5:00 AM, Oct 11, 2012

Since about the beginning of President Obama’s tenure, the Gallup poll has generally been one of the least positive polls for the Democratic party. This has prompted outrage and pressure from the left--even from presidential advisor David Axelrod.

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Biden Takes 6 Days Off Campaign Trail

Debate prep ...
10:41 AM, Oct 07, 2012

With just about a month until Election Day, Vice President Joe Biden is in the middle of taking nearly a week off the campaign trail. He will return to doing campaign events on Thursday, when he will debate Rep. Paul Ryan in the vice presidential debate.

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