News Column

Obama Thought About Swapping Biden for Clinton

November 1, 2013

Steve Kraske, The Kansas City Star

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Joe Biden and President Obama campaigning (file photo)

Nov. 01--President Barack Obama considering dropping Joe Biden from his 2012 re-election ticket in favor of Hillary Clinton, a new book says.

Obama ultimately backed off after calculating that the boost he'd receive from adding Clinton wasn't enough to justify such a radical move.

Journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann detail the drama in their new book, Double Down.

"When the research came back near the end of (2011), it suggested that adding Clinton to the ticket wouldn't materially improve Obama's odds," the authors write. "Biden had dodged a bullet he never saw coming -- and never would know anything about, if the Obamans could keep a secret."

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Original headline: BRIEF: Obama considered dumping Biden in 2011 in favor of Clinton


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