David Axelrod, former senior advisor to President Obama, said Sunday his old boss made a “mistake” when he said last week that his policies are on the ballot in November.
Appearing on NBC’s revamped “Meet the Press,” Axelrod said, “I would not have put that line in there.”
“It was a mistake,” he added.
The president was delivering an economic speech Thursday at Northwestern University when he said: “I am not on the ballot this fall. Michelle’s pretty happy about that. But make no mistake: these policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them.”
Watch the “Meet the Press” exchange here:
And just as NBC host Chuck Todd said, Republican candidates jumped on the opportunity to use the comment in ads against Democratic opponents.
Thom Tillis, a Republican candidate running for U.S. Senate in North Carolina, proved Todd correct, and the chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, was also quick to join in:
No hiding it now: Sen. Hagan’s 96% voting record has been confirmed by Pres. Obama. HIS policies are on the ballot. pic.twitter.com/48EwerS9Da
— Thom Tillis (@ThomTillis) October 5, 2014
— Reince Priebus (@Reince) October 5, 2014
Naturally, Axelrod acknowledging that Obama made a mistake raised a lot of eyebrows, with more than a few social media users on Twitter responding:
David Axelrod says it was a mistake for Obama to say his policies were on the ballot this November. Try not to laugh. Or cry. — Ken Gardner (@kesgardner) October 5, 2014
Was always a mistake: Former Senior Adviser David Axelrod it was a mistake for Oscama to say that his policies are on the ballot this fall.. — Unum Communitas (@UnumCommunitas) October 5, 2014
— CO Conservative (@fjeich) October 5, 2014
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