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. Get Real

    How about Hillary drops both of them and runs in 2012!!!! Sounds like a plan.

    August 3, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  2. Ivan

    Yes. enough said.

    August 3, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  3. Richard Perez-Feria

    In a word: Absolutely. Obama/Clinton in 2012; Clinton/Hispanic-To-Be-Named-Later in 2016. Yes!

    August 3, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  4. Proud member of Global Zero

    I would be happy with either.

    August 3, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  5. daveindenver

    Yes, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE. I have had this fear since Obama was elected that if something happened to him we would go to Biden and then Polosi. As much as I am not a fan of Hillary, I would much rather have her there then either of the other clowns.

    August 3, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  6. Jason in San Francisco

    By what standard has Clinton done such an extraordinarily good job in her position as secretary of state that would justify such a promotion? She doesn't hold nearly as much clout within the administration as Condoleeza Rice did under Bush. And why would she better serve Obama as a running mate than Biden? Anyone who doesn't like Obama with Biden, certainly won't like Obama any better with Hillary.

    August 3, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  7. thomas

    Only if Joe wants to become Secretary of State !

    August 3, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  8. Steve851

    A better idea would be to substitute Hillary for Barack on the ticket. Biden is kind of stupid,m but lovable

    August 3, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  9. Massachusetts Independent

    An Obama-Clinton ticket has the same chance of winning as a Rangel-Reverend Wrght ticket,

    Biden is not the probleml it is Obama and the Democratic control of Congress that is killing this country.

    August 3, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  10. young_voter

    It should be Clinton-Obama ticket for 2012, not Obama-Clinton.

    August 3, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  11. floridian

    You know this is all about trying to keep Secretary Clinton from running against President Obama in 2012. They will promise her that no matter the results in November 2012, she could then run in 2016. The members of the Democratic party will do everything to protect this inexperienced, incompetent President who will be a lame duck for two years. If the polls suggest it would be better for President Obama to ditch Vice President Biden in 2012, the President will throw another individual under the bus. It is all about him and the false image he has created in his mind about himself.

    August 3, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  12. SD Kevin

    There's no real reason Secretary of State Clinton should play second fiddle to President Obama. She should run against him and allow the U.S. to correct a mistake we made by electing him in 2008.

    August 3, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  13. Marc in NYC

    A Clinton-Obama ticket would be even better. Better yet a Clinton- and anyone would be a better ticket than Obama + anyone. Why did we elect this incompetant person?!?

    August 3, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  14. M

    The problem with Wilders statement is that he places absolutely no blame on Obama for the decisions that have been made by this administration, according to Wilders thesis its always someone elses fault. VP Biden has done a good job as well as the secretary of state. And why would SofS want to spend her tremendous political capital on what is clearly obvious, the Obama administration is sinking faster than the Titanic. Why should Mrs Clinton settle for second fiddle when if you look at all the polls, she can aim for the top spot as a Democrat or she has enough star power to run as an Independent candidate avoiding the whole Dem nomination fiasco and make her case directly to the national electorate.

    August 3, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  15. AJ

    What an absurd idea. Why on earth would Sec. Clinton want to run with Obama?

    August 3, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  16. mary derricotte

    I feel that this would be great for the democratic party to give Hillary a chance to be President without dismissing the current vice president Biden. After all Mr. Biden age is at issue for the long hall. I fell he is a good vice president. But next time Hillary would be in line for the Presidency. OBAMA/CLinton I could work for that ticket.

    August 3, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  17. Four and The Door

    Oh there's an idea. And then he could have Michelle Obama be the Secretary of State since she is as qualified as Hillary Clinton. But in reality it would never get to the point of having to make that choice.

    So now what? Will CNN hypothesize about who Brettt Favre would want for his running backs next season? It ain't happenin.

    August 3, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  18. Larry

    What a STUPID idea

    Must be a Republican thought

    They both do very well in their current positions

    August 3, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  19. Sarah

    No way will Hillary Clinton take the Vice Presidency. She should be president or nothing.

    August 3, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  20. emanuel ray

    Ha Obama wishes. I see his camp throwing this out there because he knows she is GOING to RUN against him and Kick his BUTT doing it...Nice TRY Obama your slick moves are over...GO Hillary 2012

    August 3, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  21. John in VA

    Wilder is a liability. Doug Wilder never met anyone whom he would hesitate to throw under the bus if he thought it might in some way help Doug Wilder. Loyalty and honor are not words learned by Doug Wilder. Ego, now that's a word that he knows well.

    August 3, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  22. works for me

    Not that I don't like Biden, especially for his open and frank works, but a Obama/Clinton ticket? Oh yea... That would leave her as a sure bet for the 2016 Presidency.

    August 3, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  23. Discernment

    NO WAY!
    Dropping Biden for Clinton would be unwanted bad news for President Obama.

    And secondly, what is wrong with the job Biden is doing? He has been a great President. A whole lot better than that crazy character (Darth Cheney).

    August 3, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Switch Biden and Clinton? What a waste! If current trends continue, someone will want to draft me. lol

    August 3, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  25. roro

    Love me some Hillary!

    August 3, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
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