Washington, Oct. 6 (ANI): Speculating that President Obama will replace Joe Biden with Hillary Clinton on the 2012 ticket has been a private pastime among some Democrats the past few months, and it broke out into the open Tuesday night when investigative reporter Bob Woodward said it was a possibility in an interview on CNN.
Appearing on "John King, USA" to promote his book, "Obama's Wars," Woodward was asked by King about possible "political asides" that cropped up while he was doing research.
"A lot of people think if the president's a little weak going into 2012, he'll have to do a switch there and run with Hillary Clinton as his running mate," King said, repeating gossip that's swirled for several months and appeared from time to time on blogs.
"It's on the table," Woodward replied.
King added: "And some of Hillary Clinton's advisers see it as a real possibility in 2012. President Obama needs some of the women, Latinos, retirees that she did so well with during the 2008 primaries. So, they switch jobs and not out of the question. The other interesting question is, Hillary Clinton could run in her own right in 2016 and be younger than Ronald Reagan when he was elected president."
Woodward did not offer any evidence that the idea is under consideration by either Obama or Clinton. A senior administration official said that any suggestion of replacing Biden with the secretary of state is totally off base.
Obama is happy with Biden as his the vice president and Clinton as his secretary of State, the official told POLITICO.
One Democratic source said that the rumor has been circulating among some of Clinton's longtime supporters.
Another Democratic Party source with ties to the Clintons said, "There's so many rumors going around. But I don't believe this is true." (ANI)