Axelrod went on to link to columnist reaction to the story throughout the night.

Others on the Obama campaign team jabbed Romney over the news, including deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter, who re-tweeted a tongue-in-cheek post from Nevada journalist Jon Ralston.

And the Obama campaign's rapid-response team made hay of the comments, further evidence the Obama campaign will push the clip in coming days.

The Romney campaign Twitter feeds, by contrast, showed little interest in engaging with Democrats over the comments, with no top campaign officials tweeting late Monday night.