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David Plouffe: Hillary Clinton Is Democratic Frontrunner If She Runs in 2016

Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Bloomberg TV contributor David Plouffe, who ran President Obama’s 2008 campaign for president, said during an exclusive to web interview with This Week, that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic frontrunner if she chooses to run for the White House in 2016, but added that others, including Vice President Joe Biden will look at potentially running for the presidency.

“If she runs in the primary, she’s the frontrunner. Obviously the vice president is someone who will take a look at this. We have other governors and senators who will take a look at it. But I think, you know if she were to run, she would be an enormously strong candidate in the primary,” Plouffe said.

When asked if he’d manage a potential Clinton 2016 campaign for president, Plouffe said “those days are over.”

“I am done running presidential campaigns,” Plouffe said. “So — But I’ll give her whatever advice she would seek.”

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David Plouffe: IRS Targeting Was Not a Political Pursuit

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- Former White House senior adviser and Democratic strategist David Plouffe fought back against assertions from GOP strategist and George W. Bush's former Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove that the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups was a political pursuit driven by Democrats.

“There’s been no suggestion — the Inspector General said there was no politics involved in this,” Plouffe said this morning on This Week. “This was not an effort driven by the White House. It would be the dumbest political effort of all time.”

Rove, who co-founded the GOP-affiliated outside spending group American Crossroads, argued that IRS workers in offices across the country may have taken direction, inadvertently, from top Democrats.

"I think people sitting in Cincinnati, Laguna Niguel, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. listen to people like Senator Max Baucus, Senator Chuck Schumer, President Obama,” Rove said. “When President Obama goes out in 2010 and calls these groups ‘a threat to democracy’ he’s blowing a dog whistle.”

Rove said that he believes further investigations into the situation will reveal a focus on conservative political groups, as well as a targeting of individuals.

“We’re going to find that the IRS targeted conservative political groups, not liberal groups, and that they targeted specific individuals,” he said. “This is just ridiculous.”

The two top strategists agreed however that the various controversies facing the administration right now should not eclipse Washington’s work on fixing the economy.

“All these things deserve thorough investigation,” Plouffe said. “The question is, is that all Congress is going to do? Are we just going to be obsessed with scandal and trying to score political points, or the American people could not be screaming any more loudly, ‘worry about us.’ ‘Work on the economy.’”

“This has to be a concern for the administration too,” Rove responded. “People don’t think the economy is good, and they don’t approve of the president’s handling of the economy, so I think it is important.”

Plouffe and Rove were joined on the This Week by editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post media group Arianna Huffington, Wall Street Journal Editorial Page Director Paul Gigot and PBS’ Washington Week Moderator and managing editor Gwen Ifill. The powerhouse round table debated all of the week’s politics, in addition to the IRS controversy, including the path ahead for immigration reform, and Tea Party star Michele Bachmann’s surprise announcement earlier this week that she would not be seeking re-election in 2014.

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White House Makeover: Top Strategist David Plouffe Out

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will be giving his West Wing team an extreme make-over for the second term Friday afternoon, with the departure of top strategist David Plouffe and the naming of Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough as his next chief of staff.

Once again, the president is keeping a comfort zone around him, promoting from within. He is plucking a favorite aide from his national security team to become the new White House chief of Staff. McDonough has been a popular figure in the Obama inner circle since the Senate days. He is replacing Jack Lew, who has been nominated as Treasury secretary.

Plouffe’s departure from the tiny office next to the president’s makes room for strategist Dan Pfeiffer’s promotion to senior adviser.  Pfeiffer is a combative planner who has been orchestrating the administration’s message for the last four years.  His deputy, Jennifer Palmieri, a long-time Democratic figure, moves up to communications director.

Rob Nabors was a key figure in negotiating with Congress and he’s getting promoted to the top policy job in the West Wing’s chief of staff office.

From the Department of Justice, Lisa Monaco will come in as the new counter-terrorism adviser, taking John Brennan’s chair if he is confirmed as CIA Director.

The only other outsider coming into the West Wing is David Simas who worked on the re-election campaign.  Simas will do communications.   

There are no announced changes in Jay Carney’s press office.

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David Plouffe: Revenue Debate Not Over

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- White House senior adviser David Plouffe said on Sunday that despite Republican warnings that the tax debate is over, President Obama would not accept a budget deal without additional revenue.

“We are going to require some more revenues,” Plouffe said on “This Week.” “John Boehner himself said he thought there was $800 billion in revenues from closing loopholes. We’ve dealt with the tax rate issue, now it’s about loopholes.”

“And I think the country would be well served by tax and entitlement reform because it would help the economy,” he added.

Plouffe said that Obama has met Republicans “more than halfway,” and that any deal needs to be “balanced.” Republicans, including Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, have said that the revenue debate is “over” and that they would not negotiate with the White House for additional revenue in a budget deal.

“We need spending cuts and entitlement reform and revenue. Have to have that,” Plouffe said.

When I asked him if Republicans have caved with their new debt ceiling strategy, he said that they had.

“Yeah, I think they have on this principle, and that’s very important,” he said. ”This is a big departure for them.”

Plouffe said that in Obama’s inauguration address he will lay out his vision for his second term, and will provide a “blueprint” in his State of the Union address.

He said that in his second term, Obama will push for “common ground” on issues like the deficit, immigration reform and gun control.

“It’s clear there’s a huge consensus in the country about how we ought to approach the deficit and the economy—issues like immigration and gun safety,” Plouffe said. “I think he’s going to be very frustrated if Washington is completely divorced from the reality in the country.”

“So he’s going to seek common ground. He’s going to find every way he can to compromise. But he’s going to be pretty clear, and we’re also going to bring the American people more into the debate than we did in the first term.”

Despite misgivings among several Democratic Senators about the president’s proposals on gun control, Plouffe said he believes a deal is possible, although difficult to achieve. He said he believes that opinions in Washington are changing on the issue, citing the example of pro-gun Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin who expressed an openness to discuss the issue.

“We don’t expect it all to pass … in its current form,” he said. “We’re going to twist the arms of Democrats, Republicans and we’re going to engage the American people in this debate.”

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David Plouffe Calls Mitt Romney’s Momentum Claim a ‘Bluff’

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(DENVER, Colo.) — President Obama’s campaign Wednesday shot down claims by the opposition that Mitt Romney is picking up momentum in key battleground states, saying the GOP nominee will have to “pull voters off the president to win.”

Speaking to reporters traveling with the president in Iowa Wednesday, Obama advisor David Plouffe said Romney’s recent boost in the polls shows he has regained lost ground but that he is approaching his “ceiling.”

Beaming with confidence, Plouffe said the Romney camp is “overstating their Electoral College situation.”

“Both of our campaigns are telling you where we think the race is and in 13 days one of us will be right and one of us will be wrong,” he said. “My sense is you’re going to find that what was emanating out of Boston was more bluff than reality.”

While Plouffe declined to make any projections, he was certain “we maintain a lot more plausible pathways to 270 [electoral votes] than Gov. Romney.”

“Our strategic view has always been to develop a campaign strategy where you don’t have to win all of them,” he said of battleground states. “Our goal this time has always been to have enough states in play so that we wouldn’t have to pull an inside straight to win the presidency, and we still think that’s where Gov. Romney is — that he has a much more narrow path.”

For example, Plouffe said, “Gov. Romney’s campaign likes to talk about how well they’re doing in North Carolina, but we think we’re doing a lot better in Ohio and Iowa and Nevada than they’re doing in North Carolina.”

As the president kicked off a 48-hour blitz in Iowa Wednesday morning, Romney campaigned in Nevada for the second day in a row.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if Gov. Romney’s last trip to Nevada was this week, because it doesn’t look good for him, and I think in an honest moment they would say that themselves,” Plouffe said.

Plouffe drew further attention to Romney’s travel schedule this week, saying it suggested his campaign is “very concerned about Ohio” and perhaps not as confident about Florida and Virginia as it is suggesting.

“If they feel so good about Florida, then pull out,” he said.

Obama is visiting eight states during his two-day marathon swing. In a last-ditch effort to sway undecided voters, the president has been touting signs of economic progress and portraying Romney as untrustworthy by highlighting his shifting positions in the run-up to the election.

“It’s about trust,” Plouffe said. “You have never seen a major party nominee this close to the election try to fudge what he would do as president.”

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Chris Christie Tells President Obama to "Stop Lying"

ABC(NEW YORK) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie accused President Obama of lying this morning on ABC’s This Week after George Stephanopoulos showed him an advertisement being run by the Obama campaign. It attacks Mitt Romney’s economic plan and accuses the former Massachusetts governor of wanting to cut taxes for the wealthy. Christie told viewers how he would respond if it were him debating the president Wednesday night during the first presidential debate.

“Stop lying, Mr. President…Governor Romney is not talking about more tax cuts for the wealthy.  In fact, what he said is that the wealthy will pay just as much under a Romney administration as they pay today,” Christie said. “I love those ads.  I mean, you know, the president gets to say things like a million new manufacturing jobs, well, how, Mr. President?  We’re still waiting.  Four trillion reduction in the debt.  Really, Mr. President?  How?  Simpson-Bowles?  You haven’t endorsed your own plan.  Nor has he come forward with a plan. I mean, it’s a great ad.  I have no doubt about that.  It sounds really nice, and it looks nice.  But there’s nothing substantive there.”

President Obama released an advertisement last week that accused GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney of sticking with policies that led to the financial crisis in 2008.

“Governor Romney believes that with even bigger tax cuts for the wealthy, and fewer regulations on Wall Street, all of us will prosper. In other words, he’d double down on the same trickle down policies that led to the crisis in the first place,” Obama said in the two minute advertisement.

Stephanopoulos also spoke with White House senior adviser David Plouffe, who called the accusation that the president was lying, “not true.”

“Strong words.  They’re not true.  Listen, analysts have looked at this.  Someone who makes over $3 million a year would get over a $250,000 tax cut if Governor Romney’s plan were to be enacted.  And let’s just step back.  It’s a $5 trillion tax cut, $2 trillion in defense spending, by the way, that our Pentagon and our military leadership says we don’t know, another $1 trillion to extend all the Bush tax cuts.  That’s $8 trillion,” Plouffe said. “The notion that somehow by closing loopholes for the wealthy that the middle class is going to be held harmless — you know, the middle class needs to understand, if — if Mitt Romney wins this presidential election, they’re going to be paying the bill, not to reduce the deficit, not to reduce jobs, but to give huge tax cuts to the wealthy,” he said.

“So we’re happy to have that debate, because we think the facts are on our side,” Plouffe said.

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David Plouffe: Don’t Expect a Big Post-Convention Bounce for Obama

ABC News(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- David Plouffe, the architect of President Obama’s 2008 campaign, told ABC's George Stephanopoulos Thursday morning on Good Morning America not to expect a significant post-convention bounce in the polls for President Obama.

“Listen, this is a very tight race,” the White House adviser said.  “We’ve always believed that there’s very little elasticity in this election. I don’t think you should expect a big bounce. I think this is a race where we’ve got a small but important lead into battleground states."

“It’s going to be very, very close all the way out but I think the Republicans had an opportunity last week to lay out for the American people what they would do for the American class," Plouffe continued. "Our sense is that they missed the mark, so we think we’re making a lot of progress this week but, again, you’re not going to see big bounces in this election.  I think for the next 61 days it’s going to remain tight as a tick.”

Historically, candidates see a positive jump in the polls after conventions, but this year could be different. After the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., last week, Gallup did not detect a bounce for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. It is also possible that Plouffe is simply considering the optics of the situation. If the president does not receive a bump, it will appear as if the campaign expected it.  If the president does get a bump, it could be characterized as a unexpected surprise.

Obama will formally accept the nomination from the Democratic Party for a second presidential term Thursday evening in Charlotte, N.C., at the Time Warner Cable Arena, which seats about 15,000 people. The president was initially slated to speak at the Bank of America Stadium, which seats nearly 75,000 people, but the location was shifted on Wednesday ostensibly because of the threat of storms.  

During Thursday's interview, Plouffe dismissed the suggestion that the venue was changed because Democrats were struggling to fill all the seats at the original speech location.

“Well, that’s just preposterous.  We were going to have a sold-out crowd and then probably people in an overflow room but the weather is what it is and we couldn’t take a chance with people’s safety,” Plouffe said.  ”We knew it was a possibility when we made the decision to locate the convention here and plan to do the speech outside but we always had a contingency plan and I think what the American people are less interested in is where the president is going to give his speech than what he’s going to say tonight.”

Plouffe also defended the president’s first term when asked about Bob Woodward’s latest book, which chronicles the failure of Obama to reach a debt-reduction deal with House Republicans.

“Well, I’d step back and say we worked with the Republicans in Congress when they’re willing.  We’ve cut taxes for the middle class.  We’ve cut over a trillion dollars in spending, more than was called for in the Bowles-Simpson plan, we’ve helped our entrepreneurs, so we’ve worked with them on important things,” Plouffe said.

“Obviously, we tried to reach a deficit deal with the Republicans.  We got very close and didn’t get there. I think this election is going to make clear, I think, to the country and hopefully to members of Congress that we’re willing to do a lot of tough things -- cut further spending, reform entitlements in the right way -- but asking a little more from the wealthy has to be part of the answer,” he added.

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White House: GOP Criticism of Plouffe's $100K Payday 'Clearly Politics'

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Defending President Obama’s senior adviser, the White House today said Republican criticism of David Plouffe for speaking to an affiliate of a company with ties to Iran is misplaced and purely political.

As first reported by the Washington Post, Plouffe received a $100,000 speaking fee in 2010, before he joined the White House, for delivering remarks on digital communications to a subsidiary of a company that has since been linked to Iran.

“Criticism of Mr. Plouffe now for issues and controversies that developed much later is simply misplaced,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters today. “This was prior to David Plouffe coming to work in the White House. It was before the watchdog group had even made an issue of this particular holding company.”

“This is political criticism after the fact that's clearly designed to try to score some points when this was several years ago, prior to this dynamic we have now with regards to sanctions and companies like this,” he said.

Republicans pounced on the story today, saying it “raises serious questions” about the president’s adviser giving a speech to a company “profiting from the oppressive policies of the Iranian regime.”

“David Plouffe may be the biggest loophole in the international community's sanctions against Iran,” an RNC spokesperson said in a statement.

Pushing back, Carney noted that Republican politicians have received similar fees for speaking to groups with connections to the Iranian government.

“I certainly don't recall similar criticism from the RNC when senior members of the George W. Bush administration, prior to taking office, had given paid speeches to companies that, in the case of Credit Suisse and UBS, were cited for violations regarding financing in Iran. And I think that this is clearly politics,” he said.

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Obama Campaign ‘Assumed’ Romney Would Raise More, Advisor Says

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- It came as no surprise to the Obama campaign that Mitt Romney outraised the president by $35 million in June.

“We assumed all along that Governor Romney and the RNC (Republican National Committee) would out-raise us.  The real new dynamic in this race is obviously the Super PAC,” President Obama’s top political strategist, David Plouffe, told ABC's Good Morning America anchor George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday.

On Monday, it was reported that Obama’s re-election effort raised $71 million last month compared to the Romney campaign's $106.1 million.

After losing the fundraising battle for two consecutive months, Plouffe said Tuesday morning that “money matters in politics” but “you have to have enough money to run and win your campaign and our big concern is these SuperPACs who are, you know, you’ve got a few very wealthy people lining up, trying to purchase the White House for Mr. Romney.”

On Tuesday, the Republican National Committee Chairman will take Obama on in the same Iowan town.  About one hour before the president holds a roundtable discussion in Cedar Rapids, Reince Priebus will unveil a new line of attack against Obama labeling him as an “outsourcer-in-chief.”

This counters the Obama Campaign’s attack against Romney in television ads calling him a “corporate raider” who outsourced jobs.  But when Stephanopoulos pressed Plouffe on fact check reports that said parts of these ads were untrue, Plouffe defended them.

“That’s just not true, George.  The Washington Post did an exhaustive look at this,” he said.

“Mitt Romney, it’s clear, in his private sector experience and when he was governor, is someone who practiced outsourcing.  Now as president he wants to say to companies that ship jobs overseas, ‘We’re going to reward you for that.’  What the American people want us to do is keep jobs here, bring jobs back,” Plouffe said.

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David Plouffe: Newt Gingrich’s Comments ‘Reprehensible’

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Obama senior adviser David Plouffe eviscerated former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on “This Week” after the GOP presidential candidate lashed out at the president for his comments on the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

“Those comments are reprehensible,” Plouffe said this morning on “This Week.” “Speaker Gingrich is clearly in the last throes of his political career … You can make a decision whether to go out with some shred of dignity or say these irresponsible reckless things. And he’s clearly chosen the latter."

Plouffe was addressing comments Gingrich made on “The Sean Hannity Show” on Friday, calling President Obama’s remarks on the Martin case at a Friday Rose Garden press conference “disgraceful” for focusing on race.

“What the President said, in a sense, is disgraceful. It’s not a question of who that young man looked like. Any young American of any ethnic background should be safe. Period,” Gingrich said. “We should all be horrified no matter what the ethnic background. Is the President suggesting that if it had been a white who had been shot that would be okay because it wouldn’t look like him? That’s just nonsense.”

President Obama had said “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon” in his Friday remarks on the shooting death of the unarmed Florida teenager that has outraged the nation.

“I can only imagine what these parents are going through. And when I think about this boy, I think about my own kids,” President Obama said. “And you know, I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this and that everybody pulls together — federal, state and local — to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened.”

Rep. Michele Bachmann, (R-Minn.), told me that she believed Gingrich was emphasizing that “race shouldn’t be a factor” when examining the case.

“All human life is valuable. That should be the bottom line,” Bachmann said. “I’m a mother … And when you’re a mother, of course, when something tragic like this happens, you want to know what the truth is, what’s the result. That’s why an investigation is so important. We have to get to the truth about what really happened.”

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