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 NY

    I think this is a fantastic idea. I wanted him to pick her all along.

    August 3, 2010 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  2. normajean

    In a whimsical moment, one might say WOW, what a ticket but we don't think it would ever happen.If one could be dumped for being a "gafft prone liabilty", a lot of familiar faces would soon disappear from the political scene. We could even have included former President Bush in that catagory, He came off with some stunners.As to Secretary of State Clinton, I think you sell her short, You might want to look into your slighting of her as a quirk in your thinking,not a fault of hers.

    August 3, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  3. Bill

    Gibbs is pretty quick on the trigger. Go, Joe.

    August 3, 2010 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  4. Dale

    YES, even if it's only to see her rip Palin apart in a debate. What fun that would be.

    August 3, 2010 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  5. dmg

    This is definitely a great idea. Hillary is well qualified and capable to serve as VP. Having her on the ticket will bring back excitement to democratic supporters.

    August 3, 2010 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  6. Kristin Terry

    I suggest that Hillary should run as president again in 2012. Forget Obama. This time, she will win!!!

    August 3, 2010 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  7. Kerry

    I don't see any chance of Clinton stepping down from Secretary of State for the menial position of Vice-President. The country had its chance to see her as President, it will never see her as Vice-President.

    August 3, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  8. barry

    i think it would energize the base to for hillary and joe to switch positions....

    August 3, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  9. jim

    I think both Obama and Biden need to go .Let Hillary have a shot at running the country. I doubt she can mess it up any more than Obama has.And at least it would shut the dems up that always blame Bush for everything bad.!!!!

    August 3, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  10. Bob in Pa

    Hillary would never soil herself in such a way.
    Now Clinton – Obama ticket ... maybe.

    August 3, 2010 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  11. Andrew

    Hillary should challenge Obama for the nomination. It should be clear by now that she was more qualified. Why couldn't the 2008 ticket have been Clinton/Obama? That would have given him time to gain experience. And perhaps 16 years of Democrat control of the White House. But no, the "powers that be" in the Democratic Party decided that this was Obama's time. The media went along with it because it was a great story–and now we are stuck in a recession, two wars, a growing deficit, and sharply divided on many issues at home.

    What we need is someone with leadership ability and experience in government. To choose a course of action, explain it to the American people, and follow it. If it doesn't work–admit it and try something else. We are all in this together and so far Obama has not proven to be up to the challenge.

    August 3, 2010 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  12. Keith in Austin

    Slimey Democrats eating their own. Bozo will drop Uncle Joe in a heartbeat if it benefits his political agenda. Just look at his total disregard for the majority of Americans opposed to his socialistic schemes!

    August 3, 2010 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  13. DENNA

    Why should he do that? Hillary Clinton is still a Democrat and the Conservatives will just start in on her. Look at the fuss made over the price of her daughter's wedding. The money they spent meant that someone else earned a paycheck, from the designers to the florists to the waiters and busboys who took care of the guests. So no, while I would vote for both of them, or either of them in a heartbeat, I don't see how changing running mates will change anything.

    August 3, 2010 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  14. George of the jungle

    It would be really cheezy to say otherwise. but let's wait and see. Biden had been better and knows more about politics than palin or half of the wing nuts so lets see

    August 3, 2010 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  15. debie

    Agreed. It's a great idea!! Just the ticket to get Dems and women excited about the election.

    August 3, 2010 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  16. JES

    I think Obama should not run in 2012.

    Hasn't Obama done enough damage to our country.

    August 3, 2010 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  17. Nathan

    Hillary Clinton is far, far too qualified to serve beneath President Obama. She is the single most talented public servant this country has produced in over half a century. This nation deserves her leadership as President one day.

    August 3, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  18. Pat O'Neill

    Obama has been successful, and I suspect that he will be in a fairly good position to be reelected in 2012 (like Bill Clinton in 2012, he will be rewarded for his fiscal policies and their resutlant economic successes). I think, however, that Hillary should make a run for it on her own. I think that she would have a greater margin of victory among independents, just because she's better at defining her message. Just saying. Look, for full disclosure, I won't even consider a republican presidential candidate–I gave up the RNC (I stupidly voted against Bill Clinton twice) after GWB ran the second time and drove the country in the ditch–So, whomever the DNC runs, that's the way I'm voting.

    August 3, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  19. Randy, San Francisco

    Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.

    August 3, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  20. jimmy carter

    Clinton Obama. Why in the hell would Clinton want to fool with idoit Obama.
    She can have it all on her own.
    Go for it Hillar and don't listen to no one else. Put attack dog Bill out there working for you.

    August 3, 2010 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  21. Jagothoptera

    I don't see how as Ogabe won't make it past is his fist term.

    August 3, 2010 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  22. Judi

    Picking H.Clinton will cement the Democratic control of the White House in 2012! I'm excited at the thought of those two on the ticket!

    August 3, 2010 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  23. Bobby

    Run with him??? Clinton is going to run against him in the primary and he will likely be soundly defeated. BHO has dug a big hole for himself and widened the gap of opposition by contunuing to point fingers at GWB after promising "change". "Change" means that you never mention GWB but you "change" the landscape. Clinton is a much better organizer than BHO, has more political experience, and would have a much better chance of winning in 2012. The Dems know good and well BHO will have no chance to be elected in 2012.

    August 3, 2010 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  24. Ohio Dem

    I was actually leaning toward Clinton-Obama...

    August 3, 2010 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  25. Charlie in Maine

    My man will not "dump" Joe Biden. But since he once said that at the end of Obama's second term he would be too old to run, perhaps he could make a lateral move to Mrs. Clinton's present job.

    Making him Sec of State would put to rest any "gaffe" talk as reason for the move.

    August 3, 2010 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
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