David Axelrod’s new book is a memoir of his political career starting in Chicago and ending most recently as one of Barack Obama’s top advisers in the 2012 presidential campaign. On election night, Mitt Romney called the president to concede the election after which Axelrod claims that Obama told everyone in the room that his Republican challenger said the following:
“’You really did a great job of getting the vote out in places like Cleveland and Milwaukee.’ In other words, black people. That’s what he thinks this was all about.”
Now, Mitt Romney’s former bodyguard and confidant, Garrett Jackson, is speaking out against what he describes as a concocted story.
“When I read that, I was furious. . . . It didn’t happen,” Jackson said. “I was right next to the Gov. Hell, it was my phone. . . . there was nothing about voter turnout. This was a national campaign. When I was giving the Gov. updates, they were macro, and state results. There was never talk of turnout in this city versus that city.”
Obama’s 2012 campaign manager has Axelrod’s back though, tweeting this on Thursday:
Every word of @davidaxelrod mitt e-night call is true. I was standing with axe & POTUS. That’s what happened.
— Jim Messina (@Messina2012) February 5, 2015