David Axelrod dishes to Fox News Channel this morning.
MACCALLUM: Let me get your quick impressions on a couple of potential opponents that you might be facing.
AXELROD: All Fox News personalities.
MACCALLUM: Well, a couple of those, a couple of others. I just picked a couple names off the top of my head. One -- because Mitt Romney seems to be at the top of a lot of the polls that I see right now.
What do you think about running against Mitt Romney?
AXELROD: He was a formidable governor. In fact, many of the elements of our health care plan were derived from his health care plan.
MACCALLUM: Some people in Massachusetts aren't too happy with the....
AXELROD: [interrupting] ... actually, it's very popular in Massachusetts. I'm sure that he'll be remembered fondly for that in Massachusetts.
MACCALLUM: What about Sarah Palin?
AXELROD: She's an interesting person. I know she has a robust broadcast career at Fox, and I don't know if she's going to want to give that up.
The same with Governor Huckabee, who's a very formidable person, a very genial person, someone I personally like, but they have a great platform right now, and I don't know whether they're going to want to give that up.
MACCALLUM: Would you relish a run against Sarah Palin?
AXELROD: Whoever the Republican party nominates will show up, and we'll have a good debate.
There you have it -- yet another knock/praise for Romney from Axe (more examples of both Obama and Axelrod making the comparison here).