October 31st, 2013
09:23 PM ET
9 months ago

Report: Obama campaign considered replacing Biden with Hillary Clinton

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's closest advisers may have secretly considered replacing Vice President Joe Biden with Hillary Clinton on the 2012 ticket, but White House spokesman Jay Carney said Friday that it was never a remote possibility.

"Campaigns test everything," Carney said on CNN's "New Day." "When it comes to this particular issue, do campaigns test everything? Yes."

While he said the idea was "tested," Carney insisted that it wasn't going to happen.

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  1. The HAM

    Would have been a good idea... Hillary is a better political figure than Joe...
    That and I imagine she would have loved it because it would have put her in line for 2016...

    Sure this makes Joe feel great....

    October 31, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  2. HenryMiller

    Tossing people under buses seems to be Obama's speciality.

    October 31, 2013 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Congress announces it will be in session fewer days in 2014
    The news came from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.

    They have been working so hard this last year , they need to take more time at home campaigning .

    November 1, 2013 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  4. Evergreen

    At that time there were many people sepeculating whether or not Ms. Clinton would join the ticket. Many thought it would improve the President's chances for re-election. Many were surprised when the President kept the VP on the ticket. The President made the right choice.

    November 1, 2013 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  5. Data Driven

    ""extensive group-sessions and polling in late 2011" to gauge whether the dumping Biden could help bolster Obama's waning re-election hopes."

    I'm questioning Halperin's reporting (easy to do) and CNN's (even easier to do).

    Sheesh. Why were they so worried? Not once between 2009-2012 did I think Obama would not be reelected. Were his poll numbers really "waning"? They were higher then than they are right now, I can tell you that much without even looking it up.

    Basically, given this network's fraudulent, propagandized, bought-and-paid-for healthcare coverage, I feel that I can't trust articles written by their staff on any other subject. This whole piece doesn't ring true.

    November 1, 2013 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  6. sifto

    Throwing Biden under the bus? all he did was back Obama to the hilt–very loyal...

    November 1, 2013 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    Ah, more phony journalism. No one is sure if Obama ordered the study or if he was aware. I am sure that Dick Cheney thought of replacing W on his ticket as well. I am sure there is an unnamed source somewhere who heard Dick say that.

    November 1, 2013 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  8. bassman

    The NY Times reported Hillary Clinton was paid $200,000 by Goldman Sachs for two speeches. But there are no stories on the Political Ticker accusing Ms. Clinton of being the female Donald Trump. Bizarrely, that is reserved for Sarah Palin. According to CNN Ms. Palin is not allowed to earn a living. She is not allowed to be the sole bread winner for her family. Not allowed to support her special needs child, that will need her care for the rest of his life.

    November 1, 2013 07:39 am at 7:39 am |