A New Mustache Challenge

(John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe & William B. Plowman/NBC)
(John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe & William B. Plowman/NBC)

3:10 p.m. E.T.

In an exclusive interview with The Page, Romney senior adviser Ron Kaufman has said to David Axelrod, in effect, put up or shave off.

Kaufman, a man who never doesn’t want to get into the act, is following on a wager from earlier in the week, when Joe Scarborough and Axelrod, live on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” made a deal. The top Obama campaign adviser told Scarborough he would shave his mustache if the President loses any of three states: Minnesota, Michigan, or Pennsylvania. In turn, Scarborough vowed to grow his own set of whiskers if Obama wins either Florida or North Carolina.

As great a bet as that was, it won’t necessarily lead to anyone having to shave on the breakfast chat show.

Kaufman’s challenge is different. His dare to Axelrod: straight up, the supporter of the losing candidate goes on “Morning Joe” and shaves live.

Kaufman has had his mustache for about 35 years, with one brief hiatus that ended quickly after his children cried upon seeing their clean-faced pop.

Kaufman, speaking from Cincinnati, where he is pre-positioned for Friday night’s big Romney-Ryan super surrogate rally, was bullish on Romney’s chances, and didn’t sound like a man who thought he would lose.

What say you, David Axelrod?

UPDATE: Axelrod politely declines the bet.

Related Topics: Barack Obama, David Axelrod, Joe Scarborough, Mark Halperin, Mitt Romney, Ron Kaufman, 2012 Elections, News, Republican Party, The Page

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