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New Book Shows That Biden Was Replaceable In 2012

- November 1, 2013

“Obama’s Top Aides Secretly Considered Replacing Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. With Hillary Rodham Clinton On The 2012 Ticket…In Late 2011 When Mr. Obama’s Re-Election Outlook Appeared Uncertain.” “President Obama’s top aides secretly considered replacing Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. with Hillary Rodham Clinton on the 2012 ticket, undertaking extensive focus-group sessions and polling in late 2011 when Mr. Obama’s re-election outlook appeared uncertain.” (Jonathan Martin, “Book Details Obama Aides’ Talks About Replacing Biden On 2012 Ticket,” The New York Times, 10/31/13)

  • Obama’s Then-Chief-Of-Staff Bill Daley Pushed The Idea Despite “A Close Personal Rapport” With Biden. “The idea of replacing Mr. Biden with Mrs. Clinton had long been rumored, but the journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, in their new book, ‘Double Down,’ provide a detailed description of the effort inside the senior circle of Obama advisers. It was pushed by the chief of staff at the time, William M. Daley, despite the close personal rapport Mr. Daley had developed with Mr. Biden, a fellow Irish Catholic and veteran of Washington politics.”  (Jonathan Martin, “Book Details Obama Aides’ Talks About Replacing Biden On 2012 Ticket,” The New York Times, 10/31/13)
  • Daley Called Considering Replacing Biden “Due Diligence.” “In a phone interview on Thursday, Mr. Daley acknowledged that he had wanted to research what the move would have meant for Mr. Obama, whose popularity, in the fall of 2011, was at its lowest in his presidency to date. He called it simply ‘due diligence.’ ‘I was vocal about looking into a whole bunch of things, and this was one of them,’ he said. ‘You have to remember, at that point the president was in awful shape, so we were like, ‘Holy Christ, what do we do?’” (Jonathan Martin, “Book Details Obama Aides’ Talks About Replacing Biden On 2012 Ticket,” The New York Times, 10/31/13)
    • “Mr. Biden, Who May Run For President In 2016, Is Viewed Warily By Mr. Obama’s Circle Not Only For Being A Gaffe-Prone ‘Uncle Joe,’ But Also For, In Their Minds, Being Overly Consumed With His Own Political Future.” (Jonathan Martin, “Book Details Obama Aides’ Talks About Replacing Biden On 2012 Ticket,” The New York Times, 10/31/13)

When Biden Set Up Meetings On Fundraising Trips That Appeared To Be More Dedicated To His Own Future Ambitions, He Had To Apologize To Obama Adviser David Plouffe, Who Said “We Can’t Have Side Deals.” “As the relationship between Mr. Obama and Mr. Clinton thawed during the campaign, the incumbent’s bond with his vice president was tested. On a trip to California in early 2012 dedicated to raising money for Mr. Obama’s campaign, Mr. Biden sought to append some meetings with Silicon Valley and Hollywood heavyweights that could help his future ambitions. Word got back to David Plouffe, a top adviser to Mr. Obama. ‘We can’t have side deals,’ Mr. Plouffe told Mr. Biden. The vice president apologized to the aide.” (Jonathan Martin, “Book Details Obama Aides’ Talks About Replacing Biden On 2012 Ticket,” The New York Times, 10/31/13)

Obama Excluded Biden From Strategy Meetings Following A Leak And A Recommendation From Plouffe. “But after a leak that infuriated Mr. Obama, the president followed Mr. Plouffe’s recommendation to limit the size of their strategy meetings, a decision that excluded Mr. Biden.” (Jonathan Martin, “Book Details Obama Aides’ Talks About Replacing Biden On 2012 Ticket,” The New York Times, 10/31/13)

“Mr. Obama And His Team Were Also Angry When Mr. Biden Declared His Support For Same-Sex Marriage On ‘Meet The Press’ In The Spring Of Last Year…” “Mr. Obama and his team were also angry when Mr. Biden declared his support for same-sex marriage on ‘Meet the Press’ in the spring of last year, pre-empting the president’s own poll-tested plans to announce what the book indicates was a position he had held as early as 2004.” (Jonathan Martin, “Book Details Obama Aides’ Talks About Replacing Biden On 2012 Ticket,” The New York Times, 10/31/13)

The New Book Confirms The Rift We Already Knew Existed Between Obama & Biden

“Privately, Obama’s White House Advisers Often Knock Biden As An Unscripted Politician Drawn To The Spotlight And Prone To Making Gaffes.” (Philip Rucker, “Biden Ponders A 2016 Bid, But A Promotion To The Top Job Seems To Be A Long Shot,” The Washington Post, 5/2/13)

“Officials Working On The Obama-Biden Campaign Last Year Were Struck By How The Vice President Always Seemed To Have One Eye On A Run, Including Aggressively Courting The President’s Donors.” “Officials working on the Obama-Biden campaign last year were struck by how the vice president always seemed to have one eye on a run, including aggressively courting the president’s donors. Obama aides at times had to actively steer Biden to places where he was needed — like Pennsylvania — because he kept asking to be deployed to Iowa, New Hampshire and other early states.” (Mike Allen, Jonathan Martin, and Jim Vandehei, “Joe Biden ‘Intoxicated’ By 2016 Run,” Politico’s Behind The Curtain, 1/23/13)

An Obama 2012 Campaign Official Said Biden Embraced Donors During The Campaign With “A Gusto That Even The President Didn’t.” “‘He wasn’t just doing fundraising the campaign assigned to him,’ said a campaign adviser. ‘He was inviting people to the mansion to hang out and have dinner.’ Biden was way more into the donors than Obama was. “He embraced it with a tirelessness and a gusto that even the president didn’t,” another campaign official said.” (Mike Allen, Jonathan Martin, and Jim Vandehei, “Joe Biden ‘Intoxicated’ By 2016 Run,” Politico’s Behind The Curtain, 1/23/13)

During 2011 Budget Negotiations, Biden Privately Told Eric Cantor “You Know, If I Were Doing This, I’d Do It Totally Different” Than Obama. “You know, if I were doing this, I’d do it totally different, Biden told Cantor during one of the private asides they frequently had after the meetings.” (Bob Woodward, The Price Of Politics, 2012, p. 126)

  • FLASHBACK: “Sure, He Can Be A Gasbag; During One Of Biden’s Senate Soliloquies, Obama Handed An Aide A Note That Read: ‘Shoot. Me. Now.’” (Michael Grunwald, The New New Deal: The Hidden Story Of Change In The Obama Era, 2012, p. 258)

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