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Microsoft's Mark Penn, A Former Clinton Adviser, Weighs In On 2016

Mark Penn, executive vice president and chief strategy officer at Microsoft, weighed in on the 2016 U.S. presidential election during an interview with HuffPost Live at Davos on Wednesday.

Penn, who served as chief strategist and pollster to Hillary Clinton in her 2008 presidential campaign, said the economy will play a big factor in the 2016 race.

"I think the economy's improving, I think the president's getting more credit for the economy," Penn said, noting a better economy could mean better 2016 results for Democrats.

"More important than any other element is that," Penn said.

Along with economic issues, Penn said discussion around cyber warfare, tax reform, income inequality, international affairs and technology and privacy are going to make for an exciting 2016 election.

"I think that this is going to be perhaps the most online, most engaging debate. I think this is not going to be a campaign just of negative ads, although I'm not against negative ads, per say. But I think there will be a big discussion of these issues," Penn said.

"I think whoever wins, it's going to be a great election," he added.

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