ABC News’ Emily Friedman (@EmilyABC) reports:
In an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” David Axelrod, President Barack Obama’s senior advisor, said he would go as far as firing anyone who referred to presidential candidate Mitt Romney as “weird.”
Axelrod’s declaration came after an article earlier this week by Politico, in which anonymous aides and advisors from Obama’s reelection campaign were quoted as saying they were ready to launch a “ferocious personal attack” on Romney. One source was quoted as saying that there is a “weirdness factor” about Romney.
But this morning Axelrod pushed back on the report, telling host Joe Scarborough when asked if he’d go as far as to fire staffers who used the word “weird” in reference to Romney that he would.
“I would if someone used words like weird I would certainly do that, yes,” said Axelrod. “I thought that was totally inappropriate.”
“All of it is garbage,” he added.
And on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Axelrod suggested that reporters should stop relying on these unnamed sources.
“Anyone who purports to be a source of the Obama campaign who makes those remarks who made those kind of comments should be removed from those reporters rolodexes,” said Axelrod.