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David Axelrod wants Rand Paul to stop using big words

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., needs to stop using big words that "most Americans" don't understand, suggests David Axelrod, President Obama's old campaign strategist.

"Tho most Americans probably don't know what 'dystopian' means, hard to deny that Rand Paul is an interesting story," Axelrod tweeted, apropos of a Politico preview of Paul's imminent speech at Berkeley, in which he'll conjure "dystopian nightmares" about an excessively powerful American intelligence community.

Axelrod didn't let Obama make that kind of mistake heading into an election year. His 2012 State of the Union speech was written at an eighth-grade reading level, "the fourth-lowest of any State of the Union since 1934," as The Week noted at the time.

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