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Axelrod On Obama Super PAC's Cancer Ad: "Whatever"

After Joe Scarborough joked that she was going to ask an easy question, MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski quizzed Obama campaign senior adviser David Axelrod about the campaign refusing to denounce the now infamous cancer ad put out by the Obama-backed Super PAC, Priorities USA. Axelrod's answer? "Whatever." Transcript below.

Mika Brzezinski, "Morning Joe" on MSNBC: David, yeah… You know, I'll start.

Joe Scarborough: Are you going to feed him an easy question? Go ahead.

Brzezinski: Yeah. So David, here's my question. I'm serious. For the campaign, for the entire campaign, as well as the press office, why can't -- you guys could have put away the whole ad that was put together by Bill Burton just by saying, 'It wasn't a good ad. It wasn't fair.' And nobody actually said that, you know? Why not?

David Axelrod, Obama campaign: I just wanted to give you guys a week of programming. So uh --

Joe Scarborough: We thank you for that.

Brzezinski: That's not the point. You could have put it away.

Axelrod: Listen, listen. Listen. Let's talk about it because I am a faithful viewer of your show. I've watched this discussion go on and on and on. So, let's talk about it. I've said -- and I've said it on the Sunday shows -- no one should or could blame Governor Romney for the death of that guy's wife. I don't believe that that ad said that, but whatever.

We didn't do the ad.

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