White House press secretary issues full-throated defense of Biden

White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks to reporters about the so-called "sequester" at the White House in Washington February 28, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque White House press secretary Jay Carney (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

White House press secretary Jay Carney on Friday augmented previous comments concerning reports that the Obama 2012 campaign had considered replacing Vice President Biden with Hillary Clinton, saying that it was never considered.

“It’s important to know that campaigns and pollsters test a lot of things," Carney said. "What I can tell you without a doubt is that the president never considered that, and had anyone brought that idea to him, he would have laughed it out of the room.

“Joe Biden has been an asset to this president in two campaigns and throughout five years of this administration.

“There is little doubt that he was an enormous asset to the entire cause and enterprise. That’s how the president feels — and, having said that, you all know that he believes that Hillary Clinton did a magnificent job as secretary of state.”

 

Philip Rucker is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post, where he has reported since 2005.

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