Politics

November 1, 2013

Former Obama aide denies he weighed dropping Biden

A book claims the re-election campaign considered swapping in Clinton as vice president.

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON – A new book asserts the idea of replacing Vice President Joe Biden with Hillary Rodham Clinton was floated in President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, but the White House is downplaying it, saying the president never considered making a swap.

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White House insiders refute a book's claim that President Obama considered dumping Vice President Joe Biden in his re-election bid.

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"Had anyone brought that idea to him he would have laughed it out of the room," White House spokesman Jay Carney said Friday.

In their new book "Double Down — Game Change 2012," authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann report that high-ranking Obama aides weighed recommending he replace Biden with Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time

Former White House chief of staff Bill Daley confirmed in a "CBS This Morning" interview Friday that the idea "was looked at" by Obama aides.

But he added: "Not for a moment was there a serious discussion" of dumping Biden for Clinton.

Carney added: "It's important to know that campaigns, pollsters test a lot of things. What I can tell you without a doubt is that the president never considered that."

"Joe Biden has been an excellent partner, in the president's view," Carney said.

Former campaign manager David Plouffe, in a Twitter post late Thursday, said, "Never any - any consideration of VP/HRC switch. Not even entertained by the only person who mattered. Or most of us. Back to Halloween."

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