By Justin Sink - 10/11/12 12:41 PM EDT
"I'm not concerned about the next debate," Axelrod told CNN. "I know the president very well and know how determined he is going into that debate."
Axelrod went on to address a question of whether the president's concession Wednesday that he was "too polite" was evidence the campaign was worried about perceptions he could seem aloof or was failing to connect with the American people.
Axelrod went on to say that the president had been caught off guard by Romney's attempts to "fuzzy up" the "clear distinctions" between the competing candidates.
"Part of what took him aback a little was the degree to which Gov. Romney tried to fudge his positions, walk away and obscure the positions that he's taken."
Axelrod added that he believes Vice President Biden is "very much looking forward to the debate tonight," while President Obama is "highly motivated and looking forward to the conversation Tuesday."