During an exclusive interview with ABC News, President Barack Obama declined to say whether he would stay neutral in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election that could potentially pit Vice President Joe Biden against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should the two Democrat powerhouses decide to vie for their party’s nomination for the White House.

“What I would say to folks out there is we are tremendously lucky to have an incredible former secretary of state who couldn’t have served me better, and an incredible vice president who couldn’t, who couldn’t be serving me better. And I suspect if you asked both of them, they’d say, ‘It’s way too premature to start talking about 2016,’” Obama told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos during an interview for “This Week” when asked what he would tell fellow Democrats weighing the two potential candidates, and whether he was “determined to stay neutral throughout this whole process” of choosing a 2016 Democratic nominee.