The Washington Times - August 31, 2012, 09:26AM

Senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod criticized Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Friday, accusing the former Massachusetts governor of dwelling on the nation’s economic struggles but offering few solutions during his speech Thursday night at the Republican National Convention.

Appearing MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Mr. Axelrod gave an expectedly negative critique of the nominee’s address, arguing that he focused too heavily on rallying the GOP base and provided too little insight into his own policies and how they might benefit undecided voters.

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“What people were tuning in hoping to hear were practical solutions to the challenges that we face,” he said. “What they got were some snarky lines about the president, some gauzy reminiscences about the past and some buzzwords for the base.”

The longtime Obama adviser also criticized other aspects of the convention’s final night, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s speech introducing Mr. Romney, which Mr. Axelrod said focused too much on the senator’s story and “felt like open-mic night for 2016 candidates.”

Mr. Axelrod said Democrats will offer more in the way of solutions at their national convention next week, but that they will also draw parallels between Mr. Romney’s economic policies and those of former President George W. Bush.

He defended the party’s frequent criticism of Mr. Bush in the nearly four years after he left office, arguing that tax cuts and deregulation during his tenure have contributed to the economic downturn and that Mr. Romney wants to repeat them.

“The reason that the Bush administration comes up is because the proposals that Governor Romney and Paul Ryan are proposing are so derivative of what we saw in the last decade,” he said. “We don’t want to re-litigate history, but we don’t want to relive it either.”