Republicans Dispute the Humor of 'Romnesia'; Axelrod Hates NBC's Polls

Marco Rubio didn't see the humor in Obama's 'Romnesia' line; campaign aides have a minor preview bout on Face the Nation; David Axelrod doesn't understand NBC's polling. 

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Sen. Marco Rubio went on ABC's This Week to say he did not Obama's 'Romnesia' line very funny. Nope, not very funny at all, Mr. President. "That fires up his base, people who are going to vote for him anyway," Rubio said. "But for the rest of Americans who are trying to make up their mind who to vote for, what they're wondering is, 'Well, that’s very cute Mr. President, but what are you going to do for the future?'" Rubio went on to say the President has "utterly given up" on outlining a plan for his second term. He echoed those sentiments on Meet the Press and Face the Nation, too. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, an old Obama pal, came to the President's defense and outlined the things he's planning for his second term. "The most important thing right now for the second term is to do what has worked in the past," Emanuel said. "That is how you move an economy forward." Rubio, who didn't offer any details of the confusing Romney-Ryan tax plan, was still unimpressed. "That sounds like a lot of spending," he said.

People who turned in to CBS's Face the Nation were chanting barn fight! barn fight! during the segment with Obama Deputy Campaign Manger Stephanie Cutter and Romney campaign adviser Kevin Madden. Madden didn't find the 'Romnesia' line very funny, either. "The very fact that the president of the United States has to utter a term like that just is a glaring example of how small the campaign has been," Madden told host Bob Schieffer. "The Obama campaign has not been one about the future... Instead, they’ve reduced themselves to very small attacks like 'Romnesia'…along with this talk about binders, this talk about Big Bird, I mean all of it is really indicative of a candidate who doesn’t have a vision for the future." Cutter reminded Madden that it was Romney who started talking about Big Bird and who said the 'binders full of women' line. "We are not the ones that brought up Big Bird. Big Bird is important because that’s the only thing Mitt Romney could point to as to how he’s going to reduce the deficit," she said. "Deficits are a big issues in this campaign and that’s the only thing you can point to... The president has a detailed plan on the table as to how to reduce these deficits." Cutter said it was a "playful term" to describe what Romney's doing at the end of the race: "he’s running to the middle." Madden, evoking Maud Flanders, thinks the Obama campaign needs to think about the unemployed. "I don't think the message to voters right now ought to be playing Scrabble with your opponent's name when you have 23 million people struggling to find work," he said.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers went on State of the Union to explain Romney's gains in the polls are because he's starting to gain traction with the ladies. "We're seeing these polls close, and you know what? I think they're seeing Gov. Romney unfiltered in the debates, they're seeing him and his record when it comes to women," she said. Rep. Donna Edwards agrees women are getting to know Romney, but thinks they aren't going to fall for him on election day. "What you're seeing in the polls is that women care about a lot of things," Edwards said. "At the end of the day, they're going to look at Obama’s record as a demonstration of what he’ll do in the future, and they will look at Romney’s words and understand that he really has not stood on the side of women."

Sen. Dick Durbin took Darrell Issa to task for his ill-advised Libya document dump that revealed the names of several Libyan operatives working with the U.S. Durbin accused Issa of trying to leverage the Libya situation for political gain on Fox News Sunday. Durbin said the administration was trying to "engage in a comprehensive investigation of what actually occurred" during the September 11 attack on the Consulate in Libya. "Lets gather the evidence, let’s make sure we understand exactly what did occur. But jumping to conclusions, I mean Darrell Issa does a document dump on his website with sensitive information about those in Libya who are helping keep America safe, I mean it shows the lengths many will go to politicize this tragic situation," Durbin said.

Newt Gingrich doesn't care if Obama thinks it's "offensive" Republicans are questioning his handling of the situation in Libya. He told that to host Candy Crowley, fresh off her debate performance, on CNN's State of the Union. He also recently saw Argo so he compared Obama's Libya crisis to the Iranian hostage situation. "Should Ronald Reagan not have talked about it for 444 days?" Gingrich said. "The fact is, we're in the middle of a mess in the Middle East, the mess keeps evolving, there continue to be incidents." Gingrich argued that the State Department, and the President, are responsible for not increasing security when asked by workers at the Consulate there. "If that offends the president, then that’s his problem and he ought to get over it," Gingrich said.

Sen. Lindsay Graham went on Fox News Sunday to say he sees through the Iran's ploy. They're just saying they're going to agree to nuclear talks so all the election season attention is on them. It's all about them, them, them. "The Iranians are trying to take advantage of our election cycle to continue to talk," Graham said. "As we talk with the Iranians whether it’s bilaterally or unilaterally, they continue to enrich and the Vice President and the President have said we will do nothing with out coordinating with Israel." Chris Matthews asked what Graham though about the report coming out two weeks before voting day. "I think it’s pretty obvious they are trying to continue a dialogue using our election cycle in a pretty clever way," he said.

David Axelrod gave NBC's David Gregory a piece of his mind on Meet the Press. Evidently, Axelrod is none too impressed with NBC's polling. "You guys also issued polls in the last week that showed us with an 8-point lead in Iowa, I think we had a lead in Ohio, you’ve showed us having  a lead in Florida. I don’t know how to square all the polling that NBC is releasing," Axelrod said. NBC released a poll this week that showed the President in a 47-47 dead heat with Romney. "I do think that this is going to be a very close race, and we've said that consistently," he said. "We feel good about where we are. We feel we’re even or ahead in these battleground states." Axelrod feels good about early voting returns and thinks the numbers are in their favor. "It’s very robust, and it's very favorable to us," he said. "And we think that’s a better indicator than these public polls which are frankly all over the map."

Axelrod also had the quote of the day. He described Romney's foreign policy tour as "his Dukes of Hazzard tour."

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