Video: Obama, Clinton campaign officials on This Week

Barack Obama’s senior campaign adviser David Axelrod and Hillary Clinton’s communications director Howard Wolfson were both on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos earlier this morning to debate the campaign and the upcoming Texas and Ohio primaries.

Here’s a report on it from ABC News:

Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., is poised to release her tax returns “on or around April 15,” Clinton’s communications director Howard Wolfson said in an exclusive “This Week” debate Sunday morning with David Axelrod, senior campaign adviser to her opponent, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

When pressed by Axelrod as to why “Clinton continues to refuse to release her tax returns, as all the other candidates have,” Wolfson asserted that “the tax returns are going to be released around tax time.”

The two top strategists went on to spar over the release of Clinton’s White House records. Axelrod charged that Clinton “refuses to release the documents from the Clinton Library related to her time in the White House, which is the fulcrum of her argument on experience.”

Wolfson, however, asserted the issue was moot.

“Clinton’s schedule as first lady were given over to the president’s representatives for review. That review has been completed. We’ve given the records back over to the archives. They are now back in the archives’ hands. Our say in the process is over, and I assume that they will be releasing them very expeditiously,” he said.

It was a pretty lively exchange and I’m currently working on the entire video. I’ll update the story when it’s available.


Here’s the entire video:

  • Michael

    I went on the air our weeks ago and said it was Obama’s bid to lose. Two weeks ago I argued on the radio that Obama would take Ohio and Texas, barring any blunders.

    Axelrod executed a horrible performance, both in candor and in content during this exchange. And Obama’s retort to Clinton’s 3AM ad was subpar at best. He is fumbling. Let’s just see if it is soon enough and large enough to make an impact on the upcoming primaries.

  • Babs

    If Axelrod is the best Obama can do as a representive, he’s in trouble.

  • The Texas and Ohio primaries loom large for both candidates as a loss in either could brings calls for Clinton to bow out graciously, something I don’t think she could do. It is quite coincidental, don’t you think, that the tax records of another Clinton are once again a point of contention as the nomination nears. As much as I am not a fan of Obama, I don’t think I could tolerate another Presidential term with a Clinton in the White House.

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  • Tahler Thacker

    Wolfson made the case for Hillary for me. I am supporting Hillary for President.