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Axelrod rips Clinton over weak response to email allegations

David Axelrod talked about the Hillary Clinton email brewhaha on MSNBC’s ‘The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.'Scott Olson/Getty Images David Axelrod talked about the Hillary Clinton email brewhaha on MSNBC’s ‘The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.’

David Axelrod, a former top advisor and strategist for President Obama, blasted Hillary Clinton for not responding more forcefully and more quickly to recent reports over her use of a personal email account for official purposes.

“Lack of speed kills in this case,” Axelrod said on MSNBC’s “Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” on Wednesday night.

“However this turns out, this problem is being exacerbated by the lack of answers from the Clinton campaign, or the nascent campaign, and it would be good to get out there and answer these questions,” he said.

In particular, Axelrod said, Clinton should have already addressed questions, including: “Why did she used a separate email? How did she secure that email? Was there another email through which she communicated with people?”

“By not answering these questions, they are allowing this story to fester in ways that are unhelpful,” he said.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has come under a barrage of criticism over reports that she used only a personal email account for all official correspondence during her tenure at the department.YURI GRIPAS/REUTERS Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has come under a barrage of criticism over reports that she used only a personal email account for all official correspondence during her tenure at the department.

Earlier this week, The New York Times reported that Clinton used only a personal email account for official correspondence during her tenure as secretary of state. And the account she was using, according to the Associated Press, was set up on a private computer server system made only for her that was based in her residence in Chappaqua, N.Y.

Clinton, who has not formally launched a 2016 campaign, has been criticized not only about the allegations but for her failure to respond quickly and vigorously.

In particular, critics have noted that Clinton could have benefited from having a “rapid-response” team in place, as many political campaigns do, to answer the reports.

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