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Top Obama campaign aides face off in British elections

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David Axelrod and Jim Messina, two of President Obama's top campaign aides during the 2012 election, are working against each other in the British elections.

Axelrod cast Labour Party leader Ed Miliband as a British Obama. “He understands that a growing economy demands that you have to have broad prosperity. We can't just have prosperity hoarded by a few where people at the top are getting wealthier and wealthier but people in the middle are getting squeezed," Axelrod said Thursday upon joining the campaign. “That is how we won in the U.S. Barack Obama articulated a vision which had, at its core, the experience of everyday people. And everyday people responded, they organised and they overcame the odds. I see the same thing happening in Britain.”

It's not clear if Axelrod adopted British spelling on his own or if that was a requirement for working in the United Kingdom.

Messina, who managed Obama's 2012 reelection campaign, is working for Prime Minister David Cameron of the Conservative Party. "I have long admired Prime Minister Cameron," he said in August. "While I will not be moving to London, nor will I be managing any type of day-to-day political operations, I will be offering strategic campaign advice leading up to 2015."

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