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EXCLUSIVE AUDIO: David Axelrod in 1995: Cut Funding to Big Bird; NRA Responsible for OKC Bombing

Never waste a crisis. And he thinks a president is responsible for out-of-control debt, not Congress.

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David Steinberg

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November 5, 2012 - 1:15 pm

Just this morning, PJ Media received the audio from a 1995 David Axelrod appearance on Beyond the Beltway, a Chicago-based talk show hosted by Bruce DuMont.

Axelrod’s appearances are listed here in the show’s archives. I requested all of the tapes, and received them a short time ago. Here are the relevant clips:

From 5/21/1995, regarding the 1995 Oklahoma City terrorist bombing which murdered 168 people — the worst act of terror on American soil prior to September 11, 2001. Axelrod blames “rhetoric” from the NRA for contributing to the bombing and the barricading of Pennsylvania Avenue (right-click here to download file):

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Also from the 5/21/1995 appearance — Axelrod blames Republican presidents for running up the deficit, claiming that the president is primarily responsible for overspending. Also, he claims that the Democratic Congress — Democrats were in control of the House for 40 years prior to 1995 — tried to stop the Republican overspending. (right-click here to download file):

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Also from the 5/21/1995 appearance — Axelrod thinks it is a good idea to cut federal funding of PBS. Last month, Axelrod led a campaign against Mitt Romney’s assertion that this funding should be cut (right-click here to download file):

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PJ Media is listening to the remainder of the tapes, and will post pertinent clips later today and tomorrow if more are discovered.

Update: If the above Flash audio players are not be compatible with your browser, click on the YouTube player below, or click here to be taken directly to YouTube, for an audio-only YouTube version that combines all three of the above clips. Between one of those versions, you should find a format that plays on your system.

David Steinberg is the New York City Editor of PJ Media. Follow his tweets at @DavidSPJM.
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