DAVID AXELROD, SENIOR ADVISER TO THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN, DISCUSSES THE PRESIDENT’S RECENT REMARKS ON THE STATE OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND THE ALLEGED LEAKS BY THE WHITE HOUSE TO THE MEDIA ON “CBS THIS MORNING”
AXELROD ON THE PRESIDENT’S VIEW ON WHITE HOUSE LEAKS: “THE LAST THING THAT HE WOULD WANT, THE LAST THING THAT ANYONE IN THE WHITE HOUSE WANTS, IS TO DO ANYTHING THAT WOULD JEOPARDIZE THOSE AMERICANS. HE IS OUTRAGED ABOUT THIS”
AXELROD ON THE PRESIDENT’S PRIVATE SECTOR REMARKS: “IS THERE A TRANSCENDENT MEANING TO IT IN NOVEMBER? NO. THEY’RE GOING TO JUDGE WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAS DONE”
David Axelrod, senior adviser to the Obama campaign, discussed the President’s recent remarks regarding the state of the private sector and the alleged leaks by the White House to the media with co-hosts Charlie Rose and Erica Hill, live today, June 11, 2012, on CBS THIS MORNING on the CBS Television Network (7:00 AM – 9:00 AM).
Below is an excerpt from the interview.
ROSE: Why didn't the President say, “We've been creating more jobs, but not enough,” instead of, "The private sector is doing fine?"
AXELROD: He called a press conference to say, to suggest, urgent actions that we should take to undergird the economy against the clouds that are rolling in from Europe. He has said repeatedly that we need to do more to accelerate job creation. I don't think there's — in the mind of most Americans, there's no confusion about this. This is the kind of thing that we do in campaigns — your community and my community — and we get all excited about it. The question is what it means. Is there a transcendent meaning to it in November? Will people be making judgments on this? No. They’re going to judge what the President has done.
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ROSE: Let me turn to one of the issues, the investigation. The President seems to be upset about the spy leaks. Where did they come from, and who should be doing the investigating?
AXELROD: I don't know where they came from.
ROSE: Did they come from the White House?
AXELROD: The last thing that he would want, the last thing that anyone in the White House wants, is to do anything that would jeopardize those missions or jeopardize those Americans. He is outraged about this.
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