Obama Aides Considered Replacing Joe Biden With Hillary Clinton, Book Says
In response to a claim that President Barack Obama and his closest advisers considered switching Joe Biden with Hillary Clinton on the 2012 ticket, White House spokesperson Jay Carney said the possibility was never seriously considered.
While Carney admitted that the idea had been tested, he insisted that all issues in a campaign are considered.
“I know for a fact that President Obama never considered this,” Carney said.
Bill Daley, Obama’s former chief of staff, said the chance wasn’t necessary. He added that no one thought it would be a good idea or that it needed to be done.
Daley was pinpointed as the man behind the decision in “Double Down: Game Change 2012,” an already controversial and somewhat gossipy book reviewed by the New York Times. The book claimed that extensive group sessions and polling were conducted in 2011 to gauge the advantages of Clinton over Biden.
Daley denied the claim Friday on CBS, insisting that a serious discussion of replacement was never considered for a moment.
White House Senior Advisor David Plouffe took denying the accusations to an extreme, tweeting that there had never even been a consideration of switching Biden with Clinton.
The move was “not ever entertained by the only person who mattered,” he tweeted. “Back to Halloween.”