Axelrod stands by Nixon hit on Mitt
Senior Obama strategist David Axelrod stood by his comments likening Mitt Romney to Richard Nixon, charging on Friday that the former Massachusetts governor was “trying to turn the clock back 50 years on transparency and disclosure” and that the media should call him out for it.
“What happened after Nixon was we as a country said we need a higher level of disclosure, so people know who their candidates are, what their entanglements are, and we can make judgments on it. Gov. Romney and his campaign have stonewalled and are trying to turn the clock back 50 years on transparency and disclosure,” said Axelrod on CBS’s “This Morning.”
Axelrod said that Romney has not disclosed his bundlers, has not released a “series of years” of tax returns, and cited an Associated Press story that revealed Romney had a business in Bermuda that he transferred to his wife before being sworn in as governor of Massachusetts in order to avoid disclosing it on ethics forms.
On Thursday, Axelrod compared Romney to Nixon on ABC News radio, saying, “This is the most secretive candidate that we’ve seen, frankly, since Richard Nixon.”
Axelrod doubled down on these comments Friday, and called on the press to ask more about disclosure.
“This is the most secretive candidate since Richard Nixon… I absolutely stand by it and the real question is, you know, is the news media going to press him on it,” Axelrod asserted again Friday.