Plouffe, speaking on the CNN program “State of the Union,” also said that more Democrats “are open to the kind of entitlement reform that we need to do.”

Plouffe made the comments when asked about the prospects for agreements with congressional Republicans during a potential second Obama term.

Agreements on tax and entitlement policy have proven elusive, and efforts last year by President Obama and House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerDems face hard choice for State of the Union response Even some conservatives seem open to return to earmarks Overnight Finance: Trump, lawmakers take key step to immigration deal | Trump urges Congress to bring back earmarks | Tax law poised to create windfall for states | Trump to attend Davos | Dimon walks back bitcoin criticism MORE (R-Ohio) to craft a “grand bargain” to attack the debt collapsed.

With polls showing Obama locked in a tight race with presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney in key swing states, Plouffe defended the president's first term, saying the administration had  "accomplished a lot” on areas including energy, healthcare and middle class tax relief. But, Plouffe added “we need to build on that.”

“Gov. Romney and his allies in Congress they want go back to the same policies that created the recession. We know that won’t work,” Plouffe said.