White House Denies Biden-Clinton Switch in 2012 *updated*- Secretary Clinton Denies Rumors
But of course if they were considering it, they couldn’t actually come out and say so publicly, could they?
At this point I’m not sure what Biden provides for the ticket in 2012 and I don’t think anyone really has an interest in him being the nominee in 2016- he’s run several times and each time his campaign never really gets off the ground and it’s over before it begins.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs is pouring cold water on the red-hot speculation — fueled by journalist Bob Woodward in a CNN interview — that President Barack Obama may create a so-called “dream ticket” of Obama-Clinton in his 2012 re-election battle.
“No one in the White House is discussing this as a possibility,” Gibbs told CNN Wednesday morning.
The speculation that Obama may dump Vice President Joe Biden as his running mate and shift him over to the secretary of state job — moving current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the VP slot — was sparked by Woodward in an interview Tuesday night with CNN’s Chief National Correspondent John King.
“It’s on the table,” Woodward said on “John King, USA.” “Some of Hillary Clinton’s advisers see it as a real possibility in 2012.”
Obama advisers outside the White House note privately that it’s significant that Woodward attributed the theory to Clinton advisers and not White House aides or Obama advisers, signaling this may only have traction among Clinton supporters hoping she would move one step closer to the Oval Office and be set up as the likely Democratic nominee for president in 2016…
But didn’t Woodward indicate in his book that it was an option that was considered on the table by the White House? Or is Woodward just playing games to generate buzz for himself and create attention-grabbing headlines?
This is what he had said [in part] on Larry King a week ago:
Larry King asked about the possibility that President Obama would move Vice-President Joe Biden to the Secretary of State position and ask Secretary Clinton to run beside him in 2012.
“That’s one of the calculations by the political advisers,” Mr. Woodward said. “It’s possible. It would be a tough ticket; depends on who the Republicans put up.
Which political advisers? Obama’s?
You can see the Woodward clip here– I had written about the Woodward-Larry King interview and included the video.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dismissed rumors on Wednesday that she will replace Vice President Biden on the 2012 ticket.
“I have absolutely no interest and no reason for doing anything other than dismissing these stories and moving on. We have so much to do and I think we’re both happy doing what we’re doing,” Clinton said at Fortune magazine’s “Most Powerful Women” summit.
The rumors began Tuesday after Bob Woodward said in a CNN interview that the possibility is “on the table.”
“With all due respect, I don’t believe anything I read in the press,” Clinton said in response to a question from Ann Moore asking her to confirm or deny the rumors.
“I think the Vice President is doing a wonderful job. He’s a great friend of mine. We work closely. He’s an expert on foreign policy. I have absolutely no interest and no reason for doing anything other than dismissing these stories and moving on. We have so much to do and I think we’re both happy,” she said at the event at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, DC. “We have a great relationship.”
Well, while I still would love it if she were on the ticket in 2012, ultimately I respect whatever choice she makes, period. She shouldn’t feel pressured by others, that’s for sure (which clearly seems to be happening if you look around the blogosphere). If she does decide to run in any capacity at any time, I’ll be there to help out in any way I can but ultimately it’s up to her.