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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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Joe Biden, Paul Ryan Chime in on Final Presidential Debate

SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) -- Vice President Joe Biden said his boss “clearly” made up for his performance in the first presidential debate and the overnight polls seemed to agree, giving President Obama a win in Monday night’s foreign policy debate against Mitt Romney.

“He clearly [has] made up for that but what Gov. Romney showed today, and I felt a little badly because it’s clear he is not, he is not ready to be the commander-in-chief of the United States military,” the vice president told ABC's George Stephanopoulos.  “He demonstrated a lack of sophistication about what’s going on in the world, his rapid change in his positions.  Look being president requires a clear vision and a steady hand.  That’s exactly what president Obama demonstrated tonight.”

Vice presidential contender Paul Ryan accused Obama of spending too much time “attacking Mitt Romney” and not enough time laying out his vision for the next four years.

“We really didn’t actually get an agenda for how we should move our country forward on foreign policy,” Ryan said.  “We got sort of a defensive, you know, he tried to defend his record.  It is a bad record.  Turn on your TV and you can see that the Obama foreign policy is unraveling before us.”

“What Mitt Romney said, ‘here is how we can do a better job in Iran policy, here is what we should have done in all these other areas,’…and more importantly, I think [Romney] did a great job of articulating a vision for America’s role in the world.  Having a strong economy, a strong America at home, a strong military and being very resolute and certain in defense of our values overseas,” Ryan told Stephanopoulos.

It was an argument over the strength of the military that created the most buzz.  Gov. Romney said the U.S. Navy was the smallest since 1917 and Obama responded that “we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed.”

Top Romney adviser Stuart Stevens said Obama’s statement was demeaning to our military and was not one of the president’s best moments.

“Demeaning to the military for the president to say the truth that one aircraft carrier is probably more powerful than the entire United States Navy was back then?” Biden asked.  “This is a different Navy, my Lord, George, the capacity, the firepower, our Navy is superior to every other Navy in the world combined.”

One of the surprises Monday night was the foreign policy issues, including drones and Syria, where the two candidates seemed to agree.

“I didn’t see anything that the governor disagreed on and he seemed to be desperately trying to demonstrate he agreed with the president’s policies.  It was sort of amazing,” Biden said on Good Morning America.

“Well sure, on somethings we do agree,” Ryan said.  “We agree on the decision to get Osama bin Laden.  We agree on the 2014 transition with Afghanistan.  We agree on the president’s decision to carry forward the Bush administration drone strike policy…But where we do disagree is on the president’s handling of Iran.  We do disagree with his Russia policy.  We do disagree with these devastating military cuts which make us look weaker.”

"That’s what we saw from Mitt Romney in this debate.  The kind of demeanor and the kind of temperament and the kind of leader we need,” Ryan added.

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Minor Candidates to Debate Tuesday

Eugene Gologursky/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- If unenthusiastic voters aren’t satisfied with Monday’s final presidential debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney, they should take comfort: There will be more debating to be had, with an entirely different set of men doing the talking.

Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson and three other non-major-party presidential candidates will debate on Tuesday, a day after Obama and Romney square off, with former CNN host Larry King moderating their debate of alternatives at the Hilton Chicago.

The debate will feature the Libertarian Party nominee Johnson, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode, and Justice Party candidate Rocky Anderson.

The debate is being organized by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit group founded to “give every candidate a fair chance at winning their respective elections” and “allow voters to vote for a candidate that best represents their values and beliefs.”

No major networks will carry it -- at least no major American networks. It will stream online at three outlets:, where King now hosts a show; Russian English-language network Russia Today; and the Free and Equal Elections Foundation website.

None of these candidates were invited to square off with President Obama and Mitt Romney in the series of debates hosted by the Commission on Presidential Debates. Ross Perot was the last third-party candidate to appear in those forums, in 1992.

“We are honored to have Larry King moderate this historic debate,” Christina Tobin, founder of the Free and Equal Elections Foundation, said in a written statement released by the group this week. “The previous debates between President Obama and Governor Romney have failed to address the issues that really concern everyday Americans. From foreign policy, to the economy, to taboo subjects like our diminishing civil liberties and the drug war, Americans deserve a real debate, real solutions and real electoral options.”

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Candy Crowley Says She'll Moderate the Debate Her Way

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The campaigns of President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney are a bit worried about what will happen at Tuesday night’s second debate between the candidates but it really has nothing to do with what the other side might say during the town hall-style format.

The concern is what moderator Candy Crowley might say to upset the carefully staged apple cart.

According to an article in Sunday’s Time magazine, what the campaigns agreed on with the Commission on Presidential Debates is that after a question by an audience member and two-minute responses by Obama and Romney, the conversation is to be further facilitated by Crowley, host of CNN’s State of the Union, but her role is supposed to be limited.

At least that’s what the two campaigns expect.  Crowley, on the other hand, has already spoken publicly that she will expound on questions as she sees fit and is not bound to any limitations by the campaigns or the Commission on Presidential Debates.

With that being the case, Obama and Romney are preparing for the event that Crowley somehow throws a curve ball during the debate but they hope by publicizing Crowley’s involvement, she’ll be less inclined to deliver something the candidates haven’t prepared for.

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Roseanne Barr to Run Presidential Campaign Ads in California

Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic(SAN FRANCISCO) -- One presidential candidate is buying television airtime in California, but it’s not Mitt Romney or Barack Obama.

It’s former sitcom star Roseanne Barr, who is running as the Peace and Freedom Party’s presidential candidate.

Media tracking sources tell ABC News that Barr is spending $4,900 to run television ads in the San Francisco Bay Area from Oct. 9 through Oct. 16. She’s purchased time on cable stations like CNN, MSNBC, TBS, the Country Music Channel and Comedy Central.

Solidly-Democratic California typically does not get much action on the TV airwaves from the major party presidential candidates.

No word yet on what the ad will look like, but here’s a clue:  Barr is running mostly on a one-issue campaign platform -- legalizing marijuana.

“Thank you for breaking through your mind control programming and having some free thought,” she told a crowd at an Oakland, Calif. marijuana dispensary earlier this month. “Marijuana really does help you break through that and remember what is important.”

Barr captured the Peace and Freedom Party’s presidential nomination in August and chose anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan as her running mate. She originally competed for the Green Party nomination, but lost that bid.

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Obama Campaign Undecided on 2012 'Catchphrase'

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The man who made "Change we can believe in" and "Yes, we can" hallmarks of the 2008 presidential race is still searching for a catchy phrase to define his next campaign.

"We’re still working on it," President Obama told ABC News’ Barbara Walters when asked about his slogan in an exclusive pre-Christmas interview.

"I think that’s a great question," Obama said, grinning. “If those middle-schoolers have any suggestions, let me know."

Walters’ question had been written by a young American student and Obama admirer.

While no official selection has been made 313 days before the election, Obama’s campaign team has been testing a mix of pithy phrases meant to reflect the president’s accomplishments and vision for the future – all while deflecting attention from the lagging economy and some of the promises from 2008 that didn’t quite get fulfilled.

In a slew of recent speeches, Obama has tried to frame his actions in office as a path for America to "win the future." He’s trumpeted his political philosophy as the one that ensures all Americans are "getting a fair shot." He’s exhorted supporters and opponents alike to be "greater together," and reminded his audiences of  "what change is."

Earlier this year, Obama coined a preliminary campaign slogan -- "We Can’t Wait" -- to reflect his agenda in office and on the campaign trail.

The battle cry has been meant to portray Obama as a decisive and active executive in the face of a recalcitrant Republican Party. It also appears on campaign T-shirts, bumper stickers and buttons for sale on the Obama for America campaign website.

Still, most of the 116 items listed in the Obama-Biden store, from martini glasses to can coozies, cufflinks and coolers, are adorned only with "Obama 2012" -- one sign the Obama catchphrase for 2012 is still a work in progress.

Obama campaign aides have confidently shrugged off the scrutiny of their slogan -- or lack thereof -- noting that in 2008 they rotated several phrases, each meant to capitalize on the spirit of the political moment.

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