Axelrod: Ryan selection evokes memories of Palin

Obama advisor says Ryan won't help Romney

A senior political adviser to President Barack Obama is likening Mitt Romney’s selection of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate to John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin.

David Axelrod told “CBS This Morning” he recalls “that kind of excitement four years ago” when McCain presented Palin to the country as his choice for vice president. Axelrod said in Monday’s interview he thinks the selection of Ryan, who is popular with tea party figures — as Palin was — is “not going to be a plus for Mr. Romney.”

Axelrod said he likes Ryan personally, but he also is labeling the Wisconsin Republican “a certifiable right-wing ideologue.”

Obama’s adviser said Ryan is “a genial fellow, but his views are quite harsh,” and he said “these Republicans don’t like Medicare.”