Axelrod: "Terrible Mistake" For Hillary Clinton Not To Take Questions From Media, "She's Got To Get Out There"

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On Sunday's Meet the Press, former Obama campaign advisor and MSNBC contributor David Axelrod criticized presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for dodging media questions on the Clinton Foundation controversy.

"Part of that is because a lot of the questions were about the Clinton Foundation and they made a decision to let him handle those questions," Axelrod told moderator Chuck Todd. "But look, I think she has got to get out there, she has to answer questions. And she has to do it routinely so it's not a major news event when she takes a few questions from the news media."

NBC's Chuck Todd noted since she has become a candidate, Hillary Clinton has only taken 9 questions on camera while her husband, former President Bill Clinton, has taken 39.

"It does make Bill Clinton, right now, the face of the Clinton campaign, in an odd way," Todd said. "He hasn't been helpful."

CHUCK TODD, MEET THE PRESS: I'm starting off with a retort that is becoming familiar with Republicans, David Axelrod, which is this: When is Hillary Clinton going to answer questions from the media? We did our own math here. What's been amazing is since Hillary Clinton became an official candidate for president, there has been a Clinton that has taken quite a few questions on camera. Bill Clinton has taken 39 questions on camera, that includes Letterman, our Cynthia McFadden, also a CNN interview. Hillary Clinton is up to 9. NPR puts it up to 13 because of a question right there (on screen).

DAVID AXELROD, MSNBC: Part of that is because a lot of the questions were about the Clinton Foundation and they made a decision to let him handle those questions. But look, I think she has got to get out there, she has to answer questions. And she has to do it routinely so it's not a major news event when she takes a few questions from the news media.

TODD: It makes the press conference seems relevant.

ALEXELROD: She has to do it quickly and she has to get into the rhythm of a campaign where she's out there, she's answering questions, she's making speeches. It would be a terrible mistake to not do that.

TODD: It does make Bill Clinton, right now, the face of the Clinton campaign, in an odd way. He hasn't been helpful.

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