President Obama on Thursday vehemently denied reports that he considered dumping Vice President Joseph R. Biden from the Democratic ticket in 2012 and replacing him with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
In an interview with NBC, the president said he never considered the idea, but conceded that some on his campaign team may have. Had they brought it to him, Mr. Obama says he would have rejected it immediately.
“Here’s the one thing I can say for certain. If they had asked me, I would have said there is no way that I’m not running again with Joe Biden,” Mr. Obama said. “Because I genuinely believe that he has been one of the best vice presidents in our history. He also happens to be a friend. He also happens to be one of my most important advisors on domestic [and] foreign policy. I like him. When my backs up against the wall, he has my back.”