Axelrod: A "Mistake" For Obama To Say That His Policies Are On The Ballot

|

CHUCK TODD: I want to put up this piece of sound we heard from the president from that speech, you heard Reince Priebus just talk about it. It was a pretty interesting comment that a lot of Republican campaigns are pretty excited about. Here it is.

PRESIDENT OBAMA (ON TAPE): I'm not on the ballot this fall. But make no mistake, these policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them.

CHUCK TODD: Well, we posited it in, first read that this would be in Republican ads on Friday morning. By Friday afternoon, they're in Republican ads. Take a look at this one in Kansas.

(BEGIN TAPE)

NARRATOR: Now Barack Obama says--

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I'm not on the ballot this fall. But make no mistake, these policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them.

NARRATOR: Obama's candidate for senate in Kansas? Greg Orman. A vote for Greg Orman is a vote for the Obama agenda.

(END TAPE)

CHUCK TODD: David Axelrod, you're not writing President Obama's speeches anymore, but if you were--

DAVID AXELROD: No, I wouldn't put that line there.

CHUCK TODD: Would you have? I was just going to say, you would not--

DAVID AXELROD: No, I would not have. But understand, if you read the speech, the context of the line was, the thing he's pushing forward, minimum wage, pay equity, infrastructure, and he said these are on the ballot. But the way, it was obvious when you saw the speech that that was not the way--

CHUCK TODD: You're an ad man.

(OVERTALK)

DAVID AXELROD: That was going to--

CHUCK TODD: That's all you--

(OVERTALK)

DAVID AXELROD: It was a mistake. But you know, fundamentally, the issue that he should be driving and the Democratic party should be driving is forward looking, because the problem is how are middle class people going to make a living in this country, and what policies can we implement that can help? We ought to have that debate.

Comment
Show commentsHide Comments

Latest Political Videos

Video Archives