Messina said that early voting in particular has helped the Obama campaign, with Democrats beating Republicans in every state that has started voting.
“Every single day now is Election Day,” he said.
Axelrod dismissed some polls that show the president behind — Gallup has shown a sizable national advantage for Romney in recent days — contending that the president has a lead, particularly in key battleground states.
“We’ll know who’s bluffing and who isn’t in two weeks,” he said.
Axelrod also repeatedly lit into Romney on trade with China and the auto bailout, after the GOP nominee argued in the debate that he would have prevented a liquidation of GM and Chrysler, even though he opposed a direct government bailout.
“If he had been the president of the United States, there would not be a GM or a Chrysler,” Axelrod said.
“Bain Capital was not lining up to finance that deal, folks, and Mitt Romney knows it,” Axelrod continued, noting that Romney’s idea was to provide government guarantees for private financing.
He also accused Romney of hypocrisy on China for talking tough now, but opposing Obama’s decision to take trade sanctions against the nation in the past.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.