David Plouffe, who ran Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, ruled out running a potential 2016 bid for Hillary Clinton on Sunday.
PBS's Jeff Greenfield posed a hypothetical at the 92nd Street Y in New York City: "End of 2015, you're home watching television. The phone rings. It's Hillary Clinton. She says 'David, I'm in if you run my campaign. Wanna make history again?'"
"No, I will not run your campaign, because I'm done with that," Plouffe said. He went on to praise Clinton, who he said is "the most interesting candidate, probably the strongest candidate." But, Plouffe added, Clinton has time to rest and think over any decision before making any formal candidacy announcement.
He quipped, "All I know is I'll accept the call whenever she calls ... even if it's at 3 AM. But my days of running presidential -- I'm just going to be helping like everyone else."
Plouffe engineered Obama's 2008 primary victory over Clinton with a deep understanding of the Democratic party's complex system of allocating delegates. He came back as a senior adviser to the president in January 2011 and left after the president began his second term.