David Plouffe, the former top adviser to President Barack Obama, said Sunday that Hillary Clinton is "by far the most interesting" and "probably the strongest" prospective 2016 presidential candidate in either party.
During an interview with PBS's Jeff Greenfield at the 92nd Street Y in New York, Plouffe, who rose to political stardom after helping guide Obama's successful 2008 campaign, reflected on the marquee Democratic primary clash that began more than four years ago.
"There’s no question that we had a very tough primary," Plouffe said. "I’m sure in this audience there were people who were fervent Clinton supporters and Obama supporters. It’s interesting when you go through something like that, you’re the only people that can fully appreciate what it was like."
Plouffe said he has the "highest degree of admiration" for Clinton, who he pegged as the prohibitive favorite in the next presidential race.
"She is in both parties right now by far I think the most interesting candidate, probably the strongest candidate," Plouffe said. "But she has right now the opportunity to take some well deserved and rare time for her with her family and figure things out."
Plouffe said that he has no intention to play a role in the former secretary of state's campaign, but joked that he would take her call "even if it’s at 3 a.m." — a reference to a tough Clinton campaign ad in 2008.