White House: No Clinton-Biden switch

Oct. 6, 2010 at 2:01 AM
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- A top White House adviser rejected Washington speculation that President Obama plans to make Hillary Clinton his 2012 running mate and give Joe Biden her job.

Bob Woodward, The Washington Post reporter who has been covering presidents since Richard Nixon, said on CNN Tuesday the idea is "on the table." Woodward suggested Clinton's popularity would give the president and the Democratic Party a boost.

Anonymous Clinton advisers and senior White House adviser David Axelrod shot down the rumor, the Post said.

"There's absolutely nothing to it," Axelrod said. "The president is blessed to have a spectacular vice president and an outstanding secretary of state. They're both doing great work, and he wants to keep them on the job."

In 1992, President George H.W. Bush was urged to replace Vice President Dan Quayle, and 12 years later there was widespread speculation that the only way President George W. Bush could win another term was to dump Dick Cheney, the Post noted.

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