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Bridget Johnson

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November 1, 2013 - 6:51 am

The White House pushed back against a report in a new book that says President Obama thought about replacing Joe Biden with Hillary Clinton on the 2012 ticket.

According to the forthcoming Double Down by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, authors of 2008′s Game Change, the Obama team even did polling and focus groups to weigh the ramifications of a switch, with Obama’s former chief of staff, William Daley, telling the New York Times they were just doing their “due diligence” at a point when the president was on rocky ground in the campaign.

“Campaigns test everything. They run everything through the polls and focus groups. Whatever proposition it is, they test it out. What matters here is I know for a fact that President Obama never considered this, never thought about it, never entertained it,” press secretary Jay Carney said on CNN this morning.

“The vice president has been a partner of his from the 2008 campaign on. He’s been an excellent governing partner and an excellent campaign partner, so, you know, again, campaigns test everything. But as the book itself says, this was never considered by the president,” Carney continued. “…Campaigns are filled with emotion and ups and downs and highs and lows. But when it comes to this particular issue, you know, do campaigns test things, the answer is yes, but that doesn’t mean that they’re seriously considered, or, in this case, even entertained by the president.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Well, if anyone needed conclusive proof that Obama was thinking about dumping Biden, the denials of Carney, Axelrod, and Pouffe, should nail it down. Those guys are congenitally incapable of uttering the truth.
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The final proof, if any were needed at all, that Obama was unfit to govern was his choice of Joe Biden in the first place.
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What difference, at this point, does it make?
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...wise counselor.

Don't take the Sour Cream and Onion, they stay on your breath.
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