Romney Aide Disputes Axelrod’s ‘Lie’ About 2012 Concession Call to Obama

In an excerpt of his new book Believer, Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod writes about how “irritated” President Obama was over Mitt Romney‘s 2012 election night concession call. Axelrod says Obama recounted, “‘You really did a great job of getting the vote out in places like Cleveland and Milwaukee,’ in other words, black people. That’s what he thinks this was all about.”

But former Romney aide Garrett Jackson strongly disputes that version of events. He told CBS News today that it’s “ridiculous” and a “lie” to say Romney spoke at all about GOTV efforts in black areas. Here’s what he says Romney told Obama:

“Mr. President, I want to congratulate you and your team on a hard-fought race and your victory… There are a lot of tough issues facing the country… and I hope you tackle those tough issues.”

And at no point, Jackson insists, did Romney get specific about certain parts of the country.

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