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. Bill

    O'Bama should be Clinton's V-P.

    August 3, 2010 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  2. November

    Obama will not be getting re-elected in 2012. Clinton (and everyone else) knows that. Hillary wants to be president. She'll run against Obama in the primary and she will win. Should have beaten Obama in 2008. But the voters will correct that this time. Sorry... the Messiah splashed through.

    August 3, 2010 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  3. Justjean

    While Clinton was the perfect pick for Secy of State, I doubt she can get the nod. Barack respects her a lot and likes her "well enough" but he doesn't want to watch his back that much. She needs to be busy and would be a distraction.

    Also, I figure at least a third of independents and even Dems who voted for him last time would stay home if she was on the ticket. There is just baggage there they cannot support. You can bet the Republicans would just LOVE to see her on the ticket. They are loaded for bear where that is concerned.

    August 3, 2010 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  4. Caren

    YES!!! Hillary for VP!

    August 4, 2010 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  5. Desmond

    Ever thought of anything wilder? Very timely! Who cares about jobs, health care, Wall Street reform, Education reform, the greatest oil spill in history, two wars on the ground. let's ratchet up garbage about the next election when the last one is barely done! This is the time.

    August 4, 2010 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  6. luis

    I agree, VP Biden is not a bad choice, but Clinton is a much better one...however, before going for this one, I would like to know that the position being left empy by Clinton would be filled by someone worthy of the responsibility...otherwise, alll we are doing is covering a hole with the thumb that was used to cover another hole.

    August 4, 2010 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  7. Charlie

    It won't matter, with all the poor legislation that has been passed and the failing economy he is doomed either way.

    August 4, 2010 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  8. Dan

    This is a Republican tactic, just like the terrorists = divide and conquer.

    August 4, 2010 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  9. madeline

    I hope Hillary will have courage this time and run against Obama. She will win over him. If she agreed to be a runningmate in 2012, then Obama is only using her. Remember Hillary was cooked by the DNC
    and superdelegates and Pelosi said before that there will be no DREAM team.So be it. Now, they need her because Obama cannot energized democrats.

    August 4, 2010 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  10. valwayne

    Trashing VP Biden won't save Obama from his own arrogance and the failures of his extreme left wing ideology and policies. The question isn't who will be Obama's running mate in 2012? The question is who will be Hillary's running mate in 2012? Its obvious now, even if many won't admit it, that the party made a terrible terrible mistake in going for Obama over Hillary. In 2011 the part will be clamoring for someone to save it and Hillary will be the only one that can!!! HILLARY 2012!!!!!

    August 4, 2010 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  11. Jim Steele

    No way! Why would Hillary stoop to the level of this Bozo?

    I'm a Republican, but would cross the line and vote for her in the Democratic Primary if she challenged Obama. I don't agree with all of Hillary's beliefs and positions, but Obama is destroying the country. I would certainly be more accepting if Hillary were in the Oval Office.

    August 4, 2010 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  12. Tony, Alabama

    Gibbs can say little else.

    If he and President Obama are not careful, and if the president's numbers continue to decline; we may see a Clinton-Bayh ticket in 2012.

    Obama-Biden may be a one hit wonder.

    August 4, 2010 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  13. David

    As a gay dem, this is probably the only way I would vote for Obama.

    August 4, 2010 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  14. Nichole

    Happy 49th Birthday President Obama!

    August 4, 2010 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  15. Ttommy

    Good stuff here. Remember when Clinton offered Obama the vice presidency once she realized she was going to lose the nomination? Now the tables might turn. Imagine Obama turning to Clinton for help this time as he finds himself vulnerable.

    August 4, 2010 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  16. J.V.Hodgson

    Gosh can we get past the mid terms first?
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    August 4, 2010 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  17. Deb

    It is aint broke leave it alone. The Biden is exaclty wehre he is meant to be and Hillary is doing a great job as Secretary of State.

    August 4, 2010 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  18. Bob Cooper

    An absolutely repugnant idea !

    August 4, 2010 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  19. Jeff from Texas

    I like Mr. Biden but I would definitely support an Obama-Clinton ticket. I think it would be a good move to get Clinton in position to be the presidential nominee after Obama's second term. I don't see Biden being able to pull that off. I certainly think she would pull in more votes in the next presidential election which could prove to be a tough race given the economy and the dissatisfaction that currently exists.

    August 4, 2010 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  20. Coach Lew

    I don't think Obama could win in 2012 with anyone running with him. He has put this country in a such a mess that it will take many, many years to upright it. I have nothing against Obama except he shouldn't have been elected President in the first place. I really didn't want to vote for McCain either so my hands were tied. No matter who runs for President in 2012 they will need a backbone made of steel and a cabinet made of cast iron of which at the moment I don't see a sole in congress or the house that meets that criteria. We need a leader that has guts and can react to any situation in a timely manner. We don't need someone who will be a "Yes, Head Bobber" or anything like that. If this selection is a woman whether she be republican or democrat so be it. Maybe that is what this country needs.

    August 4, 2010 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  21. Fed Up

    May God help us all! Was this the deal in '08 for Hillary to drop out?

    August 4, 2010 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  22. Flo

    Nah, choose his own wife instead!

    August 4, 2010 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  23. john

    I dont think it matters who Obama picks, the numbers tell a story of a one term president. Hes 20 points behind bush in this stage of his presidency. Unemployment will be still be 9% or higher by the time the next presidential elections come around, hes done and shes done.

    August 4, 2010 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  24. pat

    Great idea! What a ticket!

    August 4, 2010 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  25. Cordelin Cole

    Hillary should run against Obama. She would win like she should have to begin with. I still believe that she will be President of the USA one day.

    August 4, 2010 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
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