David Plouffe: Hillary ‘Much Stronger’ Now Than 2008

Hillary Clinton will be a “much stronger” presidential candidate in 2016 than she was in 2008, said the brains behind the Barack Obama campaign that edged her out in the Democratic primary.

“[H]aving run the campaign that beat her last time, and we barely beat her, she’s in a much stronger position than she was then,” David Plouffe, Obama’s 2008 campaign manager and subsequently a senior White House adviser, said at the Realtor Party Convention & Trade Expo in Washington, as quoted by The Hill.

The former senator and first lady saw her profile rise when she served as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013 in the Obama administration.

Plouffe joked that if Clinton runs, “I’m sure that, on our side, there’ll be a Democrat or two that will run because they want an MSNBC show.”

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