Axelrod Blames Tea Party for Downgrade

by Brian Bolduc

Echoing Sen. John Kerry (D., Mass.) on Meet the Press, David Axelrod blamed the Tea Party for Standard & Poor’s decision to downgrade the U.S.’s credit rating on Face the Nation.

“This is essentially a Tea Party downgrade,” Axelrod said.

Later, Axelrod took aim at the GOP presidential field: “Not one of the Republican presidential candidates stood up in opposition to [the Tea Party]. Not one of them said, ‘Let’s compromise.’”

Host Bob Scheiffer interrupted Axelrod to remind him that former Utah governor Jon Huntsman (R.) had supported Rep. John Boehner’s debt-ceiling plan. Undeterred, Axelrod continued on the war path.

The relevant part of Axelrod’s remarks starts at 3:07.