Two weeks ago, Axelrod made headlines when he suggested that Biden should reconsider whether running for re-election is best for the country and for him, an aging grandfather now in his ninth decade of life. That blunt analysis followed a New York Times/Sienna College poll that showed Biden is trailing Donald Trump in five of six key battleground states, all six of which Biden won in 2020.
Biden responded by allegedly calling Axelrod a "prick," criticism Axelrod shrugged off.
"I don't care about them thinking I'm a prick — that's fine," Axelrod told New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. "I hope they don't think the polls are wrong because they're not."