By Meghashyam Mali - 04/03/12 12:13 PM EDT
Senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod mocked GOP front-runner Mitt Romney’s economic policies on Tuesday, saying his ideas were from a "time warp."
"He must watch 'Mad Men' and think it's the evening news," said Axelrod on "CBS This Morning," referring to the popular drama set in the 1960s.
“Look, you have a guy who wants to go back to the same policies that got us into this disaster. He wants to cut taxes for the very wealthy, cut Wall Street loose to write its own rules, and he thinks that this somehow is going to produce prosperity, broad prosperity for Americans. We've tested that. It's failed,” said Axelrod.
Axelrod’s comments mirror a similar line of attack from Vice President Biden, who on Sunday blasted Romney as “out of touch” in an interview with CBS.
The Obama campaign has intensified efforts to attack Romney, who, while short of the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch the GOP nomination, is seen as the presumptive nominee. On Monday, the Obama campaign unveiled a new ad that will seek to paint Romney as a backer of “Big Oil” companies.
Axelrod also addressed President Obama’s comments on Monday, saying he was “confident” the Supreme Court would uphold the constitutionality of his healthcare reform law.
Axelrod denied the president was trying to “send a message” to the justices.
“The president believes the Supreme Court will affirm the law, because it’s keeping with their precedent not to overturn a law Congress passed of this magnitude, certainly on a 5-4 sort of vote,” he said. “So he was just expressing his opinion on that. But the bigger issue, and the one the president addressed, is what the ramifications of such a decision would be, in terms of the lives of millions of Americans who are already enjoying the benefits of that program.”
Axelrod also praised Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has been the subject of speculation over a 2016 presidential bid.
"If she ran, she'd be a formidable candidate," Axelrod said.
While Clinton, who lost the 2008 Democratic contest to President Obama, has not indicated any interest in running, her husband, former President Bill Clinton and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have both praised her and said they would welcome her candidacy in 2016.
Axelrod's comments about the hit series "Mad Men" also came two days after a character on the program took a not-so-subtle jab at the father of Mitt Romney.
Character Henry Francis, a Republican political aide who had worked for New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller (R) in previous seasons, was overheard blasting Romney's father, Gov. George Romney (R-Mich.), as "a clown."
On Monday, Mitt Romney's son Tagg blasted the "lib[eral] media" for the swipe at his grandfather. "George Romney was as good a man [as] I've ever known. Inspirational leader, worked for civil rights, promoted freedom. We need more like him," he tweeted.
This post was updated at 8:45 a.m.