For charity, Axelrod shaves his mustache on MSNBC

Brendan James

Senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod started his Friday facing a straight razor as he made good on his promise to shave his mustache for charity live on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"I just wanna leave with the same woman I came in with," Axelrod quipped as his wife looked on in the studio.

In November, Axelrod, who has sported facial hair for 40 years, pledged to "Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough that he'd cut off his mustache if President Barack Obama lost Minnesota, Michigan or Pennsylvania.

Though the president carried each state, Axelrod kept the bet going, turning it into a charity cause through his "Slash the 'Stache" drive. The bet: If $1 million was raised for, the 'stache would go.

As the lather was wiped off and Axelrod's naked lip made its national debut, CureEpilepsy donor Donald Trump called in and expressed his support for the charity.

Axelrod said, "There are people who've lost a lot more than a mustache to epilepsy," adding that he was happy to see so much money going to research. Both Axelrod's daughter and "Morning Joe" contributor Mike Barnicle's daughter have the disorder.