January 19th, 2009
08:09 PM ET
4 years ago

Jill Biden lets slip a secret?

The Bidens appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show Monday.
The Bidens appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show Monday.

(CNN) - Joe Biden's office Monday denied the vice president-elect had ever been offered the position of secretary of state, hours after Biden's wife, Jill, suggested otherwise.

"To be clear, President-elect Obama offered Vice President-elect Biden one job only - to be his running mate," Elizabeth Alexander, a spokeswoman for Biden, said. "And the vice president-elect was thrilled to accept the offer."

The statement came after both Bidens appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, during which Mrs. Biden said her husband picked the No. 2 post over being secretary of state

"Joe had the choice to be secretary of state or vice president," Jill Biden said as her husband tried to cut her off.

"OK, he did," Mrs. Biden continued as the audience laughed. She also said she advised her husband being vice president would allow for more time at home.

"If you're secretary of state, you'll be away, we'll never see you, you know," she said. "I'll see you at a state dinner once in a while."

Biden himself has acknowledged he did discuss the possibility of becoming secretary of state with Obama, and described one specific conversation on the matter to the New Yorker last October.

“He said, ‘You have a great interest in national-security policy, foreign policy,’ ” Biden said. “He wasn’t offering me this, but he said, ‘Would you rather be secretary of state instead of vice president?’ And I thought a lot about that.”


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  1. Oops

    Yes, Obama offered Biden just the one VP job - but that was after Joe told Barack he would like to be VP/ If Joe had told Barack he would like to be Secretary of State, Barack would have offered Jon the one job of Secretary of State and Hillary would be our VP.

    I see that Barack's people are mastering the art of DC-speak

    January 19, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  2. Just Saying...

    Not a big deal. Somehow Ms Oprah has a way of getting it out of ya...no matter who you are :)

    Personally I think Joe Biden would have been perfect for either position. I am glad he got to be picked as a VP. Just perfect ;)

    January 19, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  3. proudliberal-independent

    we should all be proud of her willingness to show transparency. the rest of the administration should take note. i have no problem with it, and Hillary should not mind ,because she was chosen on a pay to play 'deal' ,anyways.

    January 19, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  4. Jill Biden

    My bad...

    January 19, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  5. Jen

    Biden looks two-faced.

    January 19, 2009 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  6. Ryan

    Nice to see they both make gaffes.

    January 19, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |