Despite the attention suddenly being heaped on the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO, Axelrod said Cain was not going to be a top-tier contender in the 2012 election.
“I think, when you look at the resources and when you look at the standing, that Perry and Romney are likely to be duking it out at some point here,” said Axlerod.
Cain’s candidacy has surged in the past month. In September, he won a Florida GOP straw poll. Last Thursday, a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found Cain leading the pack with 27 percent support, compared with only 23 percent for Mitt Romney.
But Axlerod implied that Romney was the candidate the White House is taking most seriously — steering the conversation back to the former Massachusetts governor’s weaknesses.
“He has a history going back 20 years when he was a moderate to liberal Republican in Massachusetts: pro choice, pro-gay rights, pro-environmental protection, obviously pro-health reform,” said Axlerod. “He was anti-Ronald Reagan, said he was an independent during the Reagan years, and now he’s done a 180 on all those things.”
Man, if that isn’t a mixed message. “We think RINO Mitt Romney will be the nominee.”
BTW – Four years ago Axelrove would have screamed racism if someone had suggested that the only black guy on the ballot wasn’t a serious contender.