NBC announced Tuesday that David Axelrod, the mastermind behind Barack Obama’s two successful presidential campaigns, is joining the network’s news platforms, both NBC News and MSNBC.
“David Axelrod, former White House senior advisor and senior strategist for President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns, has joined NBC News and MSNBC as a senior political analyst,” the network said. “He will contribute frequently across all broadcasts and platforms of both networks.”
Axelrod’s hire comes in addition to another former high-ranking Obama staffer, former press secretary Robert Gibbs. Still, in its release, NBC points out that in addition to prominent Democratic operatives, it also has hired “esteemed political analysts” that include Republicans.
“The NBC News and MSNBC roster of esteemed political analysts also includes Steve Schmidt, former senior campaign strategist and advisor to the 2008 Presidential campaign of Senator John McCain, Michael Steele former chairman of the Republican National Committee and two-term former Governor of Pennsylvania Ed Rendell,” it said.
Axelrod has been a regular guest on MSNBC programming, including “Morning Joe,” “The Daily Rundown” and “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”