Obama senior campaign advisor
Axelrod called Governor Mitt Romney "dishonest" in regards to the way he described his plans for tax reductions, health care reform, and education at the debate.
"Well what happened was the president showed up with the intent of answering questions and having a discussion, an honest discussion about where we go as a country and Governor Romney showed up to deliver a performance," Axelrod said. "It was completely un-rooted in fact. It was completely un-rooted in the positions he's taken before."
When asked about President Obama's failure to mention the 47 percent video in the debate, Axelrod said that the president "didn't see the appropriate opportunity" and "all of America knows about that" tape.
"I think he was a little taken aback at the brazenness with which Governor Romney walked away from so many of the positions on which he's run, walked away from his record," Axelrod said.
To prepare for the upcoming presidential debates, Axelrod said Obama will review the videotape from the first meeting and will make adjustments accordingly. "The president is his harshest critic," Axelrod said, "and without getting into detail, I think you can assume that he's reviewed the tape, and it will inform how he handles these subsequent debates."
Axelrod then discussed the political implications of the latest unemployment rate of 7.8 percent, the lowest since 2009.
"I understand that for some that support Governor Romney that is was disappointing that the economy was improving that that number ticked down," Axelrod said. "But for the country, it was very good news."
In response to the idea of a jobs number conspiracy as prompted by comments last week from former General Electric CEO Jack Welch, Axelrod said, "They can join the lunatic fringe of birthers with that."
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