Obama campaign Senior Adviser David Axelrod refused to concede that the President is losing ground in the final days before the election or that his campaign’s closing argument is decidedly negative this morning during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Candy Crowley.
Axelrod pointed to favorable polling suggesting that the President leads Mitt Romney in Ohio to make his case. Other polls such as one by the Cincinnati Enquirer/Ohio News shows the two tied at 49 percent each, and a recent Rasmussen poll tells the same story with Obama and Romney tied at 48 percent.
“In states like Ohio and elsewhere, people know the reality, which is the President took tough steps to save our economy from free-fall – to save the auto industry, which Gov. Romney would not have done,” Axelrod said, mischaracterizing the GOP nominee’s position.
Romney never advocated putting General Motors or Chrysler out of business, but instead advocated they go through a “managed bankruptcy” that would allow them to restructure, so they could be competitive.
Challenged by Crowley as to whether or not more Americans view Romney as the better person to handle the economy, Axelrod dismissed the polling, saying that the early voting is “very much in our favor.”
“The reality is that people don’t want to go to the failed policies of the past, they want to move forward,” Axelrod said, ignoring the President’s failed promise to bring unemployment under 6 percent in 2012 and the widespread fraud and abuse under the stimulus (e.g. Solyndra and Fisker). “If you look in these battleground states, we are either even or virtually ahead in all of them.”
Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter struck a similar talking point on ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, saying that the President is beating Romney 3-1 in early voting in Ohio.
Crowley similarly challenged Axelrod on the decline of the President’s approval rating amid negative attacks against Romney.
“Is your closing argument continuing to pound Gov. Romney,” Crowley asked.
Axelrod deflected, saying that President Obama’s closing message is that the nation has made progress under his leadership and that we need to continue to build on that progress.
“What we can’t do is go back to the failed policies of the past,”Axelrod said. “Gov. Romney, the only part of his plan that is real is his $5 trillion tax cut and $2 trillion in extra spending for the Pentagon, and no plan to pay for it, and to deregulate Wall Street.
“That’s not going to move us forward … We’re going to keep hammering away at that until the election.”
Cutter similarly argued that more Americans support the President’s plan, which includes hiring 100,000 new math and science teachers – a perennial Democratic talking point that President Clinton similarly touted in the 1990s.
“This does contrast with Mitt Romney’s plan that boils down to a $5 trillion tax cut he can’t pay for,” Cutter said, echoing Axelrod.
Like Axelrod, Cutter was similarly dismissive of polling showing an erosion of the President’s lead over Romney.
Similarly, she cast aside The Des Moines Register’s endorsement of Mitt Romney, saying it wasn’t based in any sense of reality about the President’s record or Romney’s record for that matter.
“There is momentum out there of people wanting a second term of an Obama presidency,” Cutter said.