A top adviser to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign says one of the biggest surprises of the 2012 election was Mitt Romney's choice of a running mate.
Speaking to students at the University of Chicago Monday, senior strategist David Axelrod said by choosing Congressman Paul Ryan, Romney played to his base at a time when he needed to be broadening his appeal.
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Axelrod said he expected Romney to choose either Ohio Gov. Rob Portman or former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
But Axelrod said Ryan's selection wasn't nearly as big of a surprise as 2008, when John McCain picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Axelrod is a graduate of the University of Chicago. He will join the university's Institute of Politics as its inaugural director in January.