The Washington Times - January 11, 2012, 04:11PM

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter said Democrats should indeed put Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the presidential ticket — but he suggested she should replace President Obama, not Vice President Joseph Biden Jr.

Asked during an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer editorial board Tuesday whether Mrs. Clinton should replace Mr. Biden, Mr. Specter replied, “That’s the second-best alternative. A better alternative is to make Hillary the [presidential] nominee. As long as we’re talking about dumping, let’s go to the core problem.”


Asked if he was serious that Democrats should dump Mr. Obama, Mr. Specter replied, “I’m not going to get involved in that selection problem,” the Inquirer reported.

But the five-term senator, who lost his bid for re-election in 2010 after switching parties to run as a Democrat, also said he had no doubt that Mr. Obama would keep Mr. Biden as his running mate.

Mr. Specter, 81, is due to release a new book in March.