By Alicia M. Cohn - 08/31/12 12:56 PM EDT
President Obama's senior campaign adviser David Axelrod said Friday that the Republican National Convention seemed more "like open mic night for 2016 candidates and not a convention that's aimed at promoting Mitt Romney in 2012."
The day after Romney officially accepted the GOP nomination for president, Axelrod criticized Romney's acceptance speech as full of "snarky" attacks against the president and gauzy proposals without specifics.
"I thought that film they did was very nice; I'm sure they regret that more people didn't see it," he added.
A documentary short on the Romney family played to the convention hall and cable news just before primetime coverage started on the networks with actor Clint Eastwood's speech.
Eastwood addressed an empty chair as "Mr. Obama" and gave a rambling speech almost twice as long as the time he was allotted. The Hollywood icon's speech took place right before Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-Fla.) introduction of Romney.
"I love Clint Eastwood, he's a great filmmaker," Axelrod said. "I'm sure in retrospect they would have rather run the film than the filmmaker."
Ann Romney told ABC News on Friday morning that she "was grateful for [Eastwood's] support" and the Romney campaign told reporters following the speech that the crowd enjoyed the actor's "ad-libbing" as "a break from the political speech-making."
Axelrod went on to say it's his "personal goal" that the media not be sitting around dissecting Obama's acceptance of the Democratic nomination set for next Thursday in "quite" the same way they were Romney's evening. He said that would be "a bad reflection" on the production.