By Alicia M. Cohn - 04/24/12 02:47 PM EDT
David Axelrod, a senior campaign adviser for President Obama’s campaign, said on CNN over the weekend that “a lot” of Republicans in Congress “know better, but they are in the thralls of this reign of terror from the far right that has dragged this party to the right."
Top Democrats have frequently characterized the Tea Party wing of the Republican party, including many of the 89 freshman members of Congress that helped the GOP take the majority in 2010, of refusing to compromise and holding the party “hostage” to far-right views.
The Speaker dismissed Axelrod’s charge as “just outrageous talk,” accusing Obama’s campaign of looking “for every boogeyman known to man” rather than focusing on the economy.
“Now the president’s going to try to make the election about everything other than his economic policies, but the American people vote with their wallets,” he said. “The election is going to be a referendum on the president’s economic policies, pure and simple.”
He also praised Republicans in Congress as “the most committed team of Republicans that we’ve had in the 21 years that I’ve been there trying to be responsible stewards for the American people.”
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