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VIDEO: Obama Campaign's Axelrod says Jeep ad created 'larger gulf of trust', campaign optimism based on 'cold-hard data'

This morning on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien," Obama Campaign Senior Advisor says he's optimistic that President Obama will win reelection.

"My optimism is based on cold-hard data," Axelrod says. "Their [GOP] optimism is based in some faith."

Axelrod also addresses the controversy over the Romney Campaign's Jeep advertisement, which has received criticism for being misleading about the car company's expansion into China.

"An issue that’s crystallized in the last few days, is this issue of the auto bailout, the auto intervention. The President stepped in, saved the auto industry. In Ohio, one in eight jobs flow from that auto industry. Governor Romney’s opposition to that action as been an issue in the campaign. And then a late ad in that campaign that implied otherwise and suggested that somehow Jeep was moving jobs to China creating a real backlash in that state and I think that’s going to come into play, as well,” Axelrod says.

“What it did was create an even larger gulf of trust and trust is a big issue in this campaign, and particularly for these voters in Ohio for whom questions like the survival of the auto industry are very much questions about their family’s economic well being,” he adds.

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