Obama adviser David Axelrod debunks Mitt Romney report

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  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 16, 2011 12:36 p.m.

    Re: Mark B | 5:32 p.m. Aug. 13, 2011

    The question here isn't whether we've being mean spirited. The question here is whether the Obama Administration would stoop to dirty politics. Coming from Chicago I think we can figure out that answer without David Axelrod. Hasn't Illinois had two former governors in prison? Rod R. Blagojevich is probably the most honest politician to come out of that state.

  • Cora Smith BOUNTIFUL, UT
    Aug. 16, 2011 10:36 a.m.

    My faith and my religion prevent me from saying hatefull things about anybody.
    I guess many who post here don't have what I have.
    Well, thats Ok with me. I hope I never have to go to sleep after a day of saying and repeating denigrating comments I listened to on AM radio.

    Aug. 16, 2011 8:52 a.m.

    Let's just say for a moment that the President did say "weird", in reference to Mitt Romney...so what? Not very classy, I agree, but really? All this for that? I'm not a fan of Obama, but it seems a rather small thing to get your panties all tied up in a wad about. And just so you know, unfortunately, both (or all) political parties have been slinging mud since the country began, it just seems to get dirtier and dirtier as we go. "Weird" seems pretty tame in comparison to a lot of the comments I have read on this site about Mr. Romney in reference to other articles published. Too bad we can't make people accountable for themselves on their own merits instead of having to hear all the trash talk.

  • Bro.D Cornelius, Oregon
    Aug. 16, 2011 8:21 a.m.

    The unfortunate thing is that obama has gone back on his word time and time again...I could list many here but we all know...suffice to say Obama now owns the title of liar. This is a progressive liberals method of operation...make huge promises as long as it brings you to power then do as you wish. I am having a hard time believing him and his administration about anything. He stopped being my president (and I didn't vote for him) when he completely ignored the publics cries opposing his health care debacle. He's an empty suit that is way over his head.

  • sdmom San Diego, CA
    Aug. 16, 2011 8:03 a.m.

    Dave, You are so right. I have noticed this going on with other things and never knew there was a name for it! This is the style MSNBC uses, too.

  • davewhittle Springville, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 11:14 p.m.

    Oh, and don't think I approve of the tactic. It's slimy and disgusting, but you can't deny its brilliance.

    Hope Romney's team can find an inspired antidote.

  • davewhittle Springville, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 11:10 p.m.

    Agree with you, DN Subscriber.

    Axelrod is using paralepsis to great effect.

    Watch for more - it's sure to come:

    Awful stories being leaked to the media about Romney, Mormons, Romney's businesses, awful stories about Romney's stint as Governor, all made by Obama supporters, followed by denials about who leaked it and condemnation of the media for publishing such damaging stuff about Romney (repeated several times during the denial and condemnation) by Obama and his aides.

    The leakers won't be identified because journalists have their own self-serving ethics about protecting the identities of their sources, and can't get involved in the story, even to defend themselves. What the public sees is Obama and team taking the high road and condemning the stories about Romney without commenting on their veracity.

    Classic. Brilliant. Effective. VERY difficult for Romney to combat.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 9:25 p.m.

    The man is a genius. An evil one, but genius nonetheless!

    Axelrod just guaranteed that every newspaper and TV station would run something with "Romney" and "wierd" in the same sentence repeated several times.

    And, he can boast that his people would never say anything like that or they would be fired!

    Most Americans do not really pay much attention to politics, but will have buried in their subconscious a connection between "Romney" and "wierd" that will probably lose him millions of votes. Of course, many other lurid accusations will be hurled at him by Obama allies and surrogates if he gets the nomination.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Aug. 13, 2011 5:32 p.m.

    I can't stop anyone from being mean-spirited here, and I realize that running for president is a tough business with tough people in the main roles.

    But still, there IS a precedent here that we could look to that would help us predict this campaign's name calling, or lack of it. The precedent is 2007-8, an extended campaign in which Obama not only had to defeat not only John McCain, a well-known senator, but also Hillary Clinton, who led him in endorsements, organization and cash as the campaign began early in 2007.

    Now, please ask the question: did Obama EVER make any nasty cracks about McCain's age or lack of technical savvy? Did he try to dredge up anything pertaining to the Clinton impeachment trial or some other past event other than votes in the Senate, which are public records? And if he had, would Mrs. Clinton have joined the administration?

    IMO if we are honest with ourselves we should conclude that any huge plan to label an opponent as "weird" would be way out of character for Obama OR his campaign staff.

  • rnoble Pendleton, OR
    Aug. 13, 2011 2:49 p.m.

    i thought those points about military and oil economics in texas were relevant and a cursory look seems to support the claims---i am not a perry fan for other reasons but this seems to be another reason for not joining up---

  • Enough is enough! Saint George, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 1:39 p.m.

    Hmmm...attacking Romney's character and business record? I'm laughing....Obama has neither.

  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 11:35 a.m.

    The Obama Administration will deny any responsibility for bad mouthing Republican candidates, however, they secretly encourage their "hit men" to "kill" the opposition by using annonymous sources. The democrats have learned much from union negotiators about discrediting their opposition. It is an old game and they have learned it well. The current administration has no record to stand on. What else can they do?

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 11:05 a.m.

    This whole thing strikes me like another "Canuck letter" type scam run by Republican dirty tricksters against a Democrat (Just like what was done to Edmund Muskie by the Nixon dirty tricksters). President Obama has always proved himself to be above this type of thing. I can see no reason why he would lower himself to do it now.

  • My2Cents Kearns, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 5:35 a.m.

    Obama is showing his true self, he is a liar, prevaricator, and denies he even made such a statement. Weird? That is Obama in a nut shell. I have never seen a man that can bore so many people at a time, not even the news media can figure out what he is saying so they just repeat his words, and weird was in Obama vocabulary.

    Obama can speak for 20 minutes and never say anything, that's weird. He is a car salesman with a speech so off the wall you have to shake your head in disbelief. It's obvious that Obama never made it to any sororities or college level classes and Mein Kampf (english version?) is the only book he has ever read.

  • desert dweller SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 4:49 a.m.

    oh well. if all goes as it should we wont have to deal with Obama and the gang anymore. and then we will have another administration in charge so we can all say the same thing about them we are saying about the Obama administration and then we can vote them out of office and get a differant administration so we can say the same thing about them... same old stuff.. differant day .. same old white house differan staff same old stuff over and over and over. but I do like the idea of Obama being a one term president and so should all of America.. well whats left of it anyway..

  • Thunderbird Boise, ID
    Aug. 13, 2011 3:51 a.m.

    The wine and cheese Democrats may find Romney and his religion a little eccentric. sans wine for those of us who are LDS. A huge portion of Republicans believe his religion is evil and satanic. When will LDS republicans face this fact? Will they really give LDS Romney a chance to be the candidate? The evangelicals think your religion is evil! They dominate your party! You would like to believe that Obama will target Romney's religion, but your enemy is within.

  • MormonDem Provo, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 1:03 a.m.

    Also: the most dishonest presidency in history? That's simply a preposterous, unfounded, irrational assertion. You have Bush's II's WMD's, Clinton's "is," Bush I's "read my lips," Reagan's "I don't remember selling those arms to the contras," Nixon's "I'm not a crook," etc. etc. etc. And you're saying that Obama's presidency is "the most dishonest in history"?

    Let me give you a hint about political and civic discourse, folks. If you say crazy things that obviously aren't true, nobody pays attention to you when you calm down and say something reality-based. Just because your hyperbole knob goes to 11, that doesn't mean you need to keep it there.

  • MormonDem Provo, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 12:59 a.m.

    It's funny to see people on here so eager to have something to hate Obama for that they're actually disappointed to learn that Obama didn't say something horrible.

  • Let's be real Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 12:12 a.m.

    We havent heard the truth since we have heard Obamas name. I dont think he knows what the truth is. If he says something we can expect the opposite. I am very displeased with his presidency, his integrity, his politics. I cant wait for the next election to cast my vote for the person who runs against him.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 11:45 p.m.

    You can tell when Axelrod is being less than forthright withthe truth. His mouth is open and he is talking. Too bad the "mainstream" media will fall for his fakery.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 9:45 p.m.

    So politico makes up stories and then when caught redhanded it hides behind it's un-named source ....that is what is wrong with today's journalism...it's full of liars!!!

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 7:54 p.m.

    Romney's real enemy is the tea party evangelicals.

  • NWCL INDP Murray, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 6:43 p.m.

    Unfortunately, Mr. Axelrod's comments pale to the fact that various inside sources have commented to Politico and Huffington Post.

    It would be a shame for Obama to stoop to this level. We'd expect it from the far left (look for Pelosi and Reid to do this) and the far right (Chaffetz and Bachman are already doing this, too).

    Too bad. It would be nice to have conversation on the ideas ... right?

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Aug. 12, 2011 6:41 p.m.

    So they didn't even call him weird?

    Be classy like Mitt where he just wonders aloud if Obama was born in Kenya as long as it's beneficial to wonder aloud or asserting that the entire recession is Obama's fault all by himself.

    Be classy and completly go off the deep end like Romney has on RUMORS that Obama MIGHT call him wierd.....

    Romney is not embracing the truth much.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 6:39 p.m.

    When you have no record to run on, this is what you do!

  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 5:13 p.m.



    "Swift Boating"


  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 5:03 p.m.

    Of course, Chicago politicians would never stoop so low.

  • dumprake Washington, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 4:59 p.m.

    And anybody will believe Axelrod...or Obama...or anyone affiliated with this administration? The most dishonest presidency in history wants us to believe something they say? Believe the opposite, and you'll be closer to the truth.