August 3rd, 2010
08:27 PM ET
4 years ago

Should Obama drop Biden for Clinton in 2012?

Former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder argues that President Obama should replace Joe Biden with Hillary Clinton on the 2012 Democratic ticket.
Former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder argues that President Obama should replace Joe Biden with Hillary Clinton on the 2012 Democratic ticket.

Washington (CNN) – Should President Obama drop Vice President Joe Biden from the 2012 Democratic ticket and instead run with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton? That's exactly what's being argued by Douglas Wilder, the former Gov. of Virginia.

"Clinton has been nothing but a team player who has earned good marks since being asked to serve as secretary of state. She has skillfully navigated the globe and been tough and commanding when the moment called for it," Wilder wrote in an op-ed published Monday in Politico.

"Clinton is better suited as the political and government partner that Obama needs," Wilder argues. "I suggest this as one who vigorously supported Obama over Clinton in 2008. In fact, I campaigned across the country and engaged in spirited debates with former colleagues. I don't regret any of that. Yet, now I think Clinton brings bounty to the political table that few can match."

Among the reasons Wilder sites in his argument to replace Biden is that the vice president is a gaffe prone liability. He also says Clinton might help Obama with key Democratic voting blocs.

But Wilder's idea was quickly shot down Tuesday by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

In a statement to Gannett Newspapers, Gibbs described Biden as "an integral part of this administration."

"He is and will continue to be a trusted partner for President Obama," Gibbs said.


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soundoff (184 Responses)
  1. Robert - Palm Desert

    Hillary was Barack's first choice for VP. However, there was strong opposition to her selection by Michelle, Gibbs, Axelrod, Jarrett, Plouffe, Teddy and Caroline Kennedy. Apparently, they did not believe Hillary could be a team player; that she would try to undermine him in some way. She has proven them and other skeptics wrong. Hillary and Obama would be an unbeatable ticket in 2012, and a great team to lead the country in the right direction. But, I doubt if Hillary will take the second spot at the expense of Joe Biden.

    August 4, 2010 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  2. Native-Virginian

    This is an absurd suggestion. I volunteered for Hillary's campaign and think she would probably be a better President. However, Joe Biden has been an asset to the administration, and any suggestion that he be dismissed from the ticket is utterly absurd. He is a great American who speaks his mind and has served as a wonderful Vice President. Doug Wilder - focus on Richmond and leave national politics alone.

    August 4, 2010 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  3. Biden for Secretary of State

    You got it all wrong. Obama should be dropped for Hillary. Biden should be Secretary of State as his wife bragged to Hillary that Biden was Obama's first choice for Secretary of State. VP should be Jack Kerry.

    Press Secretary should be Chris Matthews.

    August 4, 2010 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  4. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Obama cannot ask for Biden to step off the ticket for 2012. To do so would be to feed the Republican attack dogs steroids. Obama would be made to appear insensitive to Biden, wishy-washy, admiting to picking the wrong Vice Presisetial candidate in 2008, anti-male if he then chose Clinton, etc, etc. The attack ads would pour in from every far right wing group in the country.
    I have an ex-sister-in-law who is just to the right of Atilla the Hun. She is e-mailing me ads, lies, rumors, and God Knows what that her far right buddies send out weekly now. What these idiots would send out if Biden is forced out boggles the mind.
    If however Biden chose to step down and suggest that Clinton take his place, I believe that the Democrats might just have a dream team.

    August 4, 2010 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  5. barry

    No. Hopefully Hillary will run against Obama and we can have a Democrat bring the real hope and change. If she doesn't run we will have a repeat of the Carter legacy.

    August 4, 2010 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  6. jules sand-perkins

    No. Obama should not run again at all.
    Hillary Clinton should run for president without Biden.

    August 4, 2010 04:35 am at 4:35 am |
  7. jules sand-perkins

    Hillary was right: the economy was Obama's 3:00 AM telephone call, and he didn't understand the Russian language, and the Marxist content of the message.

    August 4, 2010 05:17 am at 5:17 am |
  8. jules sand-perkins

    I agree that few can match Hillary's bounty–certainly not Obama.
    Hillary for President in 2012!

    August 4, 2010 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  9. sian rose

    I'm on the fence. I can see the benefits of a vp Clintonbut I see no justification for putting Biden aside. Besides, look what happened to Arlen Specter. There are some benefits to being loyal

    August 4, 2010 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
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