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In 12:30 pm ET press conference call, Axelrod says Romney’s recent comments on middle class taxes the latest in “a long career” of flip-flops.

Axelrod: “You have to do more than recite the words middle class to persuade people that you’re advocating for them.”

Advisor calls Romney a “major contender” for the GOP nomination but says he’s “not willing to designate him as the nominee.”

Says Romney’s candidacy raises “question of trust” with the middle class.

Axelrod: “We’re having this call because Governor Romney has been so brazen in his switches of position.”

Tries to minimize impact of Christie endorsement, says it will have “some value” but “not determinative at all.”

Declines to comment on Issa’s subpoena of Holder.

Says Romney hasn’t faced scrutiny in campaign yet. Says Perry not effective in his attempts to label Bay Stater as inconsistent.

Aexelrod: “He hasn’t exactly gotten the gun out of the holster.”

Related Topics: 2012 Elections, Democratic Party, News, Republican Party, The Page, White House

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