Axelrod to Dean: Not Insane, But His Facts Were Wrong

By Jennifer Parker

Dec 20, 2009 11:19am

Senior White House Adviser David Axelrod told me that Howard Dean had his facts wrong when Dean suggested that Democrats kill the health care reform bill and start over. 

Axelrod said Dean's "facts were wrong" when the former Vermont Governor criticized  reform as a  giveaway to insurance companies.  

Earlier in the week, Axelrod called efforts from the left to derail reform "insane".  Today in my This Week interview, Axelrod clarified that he didn't say Dean was insane, but that "it would be insane to pass on the opportunity to enact the reform that would have such a positive impact on our future." 

Axelrod added that "it was probably an unfortunate choice of words."

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