Daily Fix Poll: Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and a vice-presidential "swap"
By Felicia Sonmez
The White House has flat-out denied the speculation -- sparked by Post reporter Bob Woodward on Tuesday -- that President BarackObama might arrange a "swap" between Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when he runs for re-election in 2012.
White House senior adviser David Axelrod shot down the idea saying "there's absolutely nothing to it." White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said at Wednesday morning's press briefing that it's "absolutely untrue" that such a scenario is being considered. And Clinton herself said that she has "absolutely no interest and no reason for doing anything other than dismissing these stories."
In short, it's pretty clear that a swap isn't going to happen. Why, then, has the notion proved to be such a stubborn one? And is such chatter ultimately a good thing or a bad thing for the White House?
On the one hand, the Obama administration isn't alone in enduring speculation about swapping out vice presidents during a president's re-election bid. In 1992, some called for President George H.W. Bush to take his vice president, Dan Quayle, off the re-election ticket. In 2004, some argued that President George W. Bush needed to drop Vice President Dick Cheney.
On the other hand, might such speculation signal that insiders -- and perhaps voters -- are dissatisfied with the Administration, and that they're looking for a B-I-G shake-up?
Vote, and give us your thoughts, below.
| October 6, 2010; 12:35 PM ET
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