Political commentator and former Obama adviser David AxelrodDavid AxelrodThe Memo: Democrats vent frustration with Biden on Afghanistan Psaki dismisses Axelrod's criticism of Biden on Afghanistan Axelrod says Biden should have 'embraced' failures of Afghanistan exit MORE knocked former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Did President Biden institute a vaccine mandate for only half the nation's teachers? Democrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms MORE for tweeting a video of himself and former President Obama ahead of Thursday night's presidential primary debate, writing that Biden's attempts to tie himself to his ex-boss's legacy were far from subtle.
Axelrod, who served as chief strategist for Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns, tweeted that Biden was "claiming co-authorship of Obama’s record" in a way that was "about as subtle as a screen door on a submarine."
This pre-debate video tribute to @BarackObama from @JoeBiden is about as subtle as a screen door on a submarine.— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) September 12, 2019
Not only is he claiming co-authorship of Obama’s record. He’s sending message to the others:
“You want to attack Obama’s record? Make my day!” https://t.co/Y0ixbXztMv
The minutelong video released by Biden ahead of Thursday's 2020 Democratic debate in Houston highlighted Biden's praise of the former president amid images of the two men working together during the Obama administration.
Biden has sought to tie himself closely to the former president on social media and in previous debates and has faced criticism from some Democrats for doing so.
During a heated exchange at July's debate, Biden faced questions from former Housing Secretary Julián Castro over the Obama administration's record of family separations at the border, which Biden argued that Castro had not opposed while a member of the administration.
“One of us has learned the lessons of the past and one hasn’t,” Castro shot back at the time. “The only way we’re going to guarantee these family separations don’t happen in the future is to repeal the law.”