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White House Mocks McCain's Call to Dump Biden

McCain shouldn't give advice on VPs, spokesman quips
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2012 3:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – Joe Biden's "put y'all back in chains" comment has sparked plenty of calls—from Republicans including John McCain and Sarah Palin—for President Obama to boot Biden off the ticket and replace him with Hillary Clinton. But the White House insists there will be no such switcheroo, and spokesman Jay Carney couldn't resist a dig at McCain yesterday, reports Mediaite. "I have great admiration for and great respect for and a long relationship with Sen. John McCain, but one place I would not go to for advice for vice presidential running mates is to Sen. McCain," he said in response to a question from a Fox correspondent.

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But Obama-Clinton speculation continues at many conservative blogs and a growing number of liberal ones, Politico notes. Many pundits agree that Clinton would give the ticket a boost, but doubt she'd be interested in replacing Biden. "If she wants to run, she is already the front-runner for the 2016 Democratic nomination and would gain no advantage by being yoked to Obama, her old adversary, for the next three months if they lost or the next four years if they won," writes John Fund at the National Review. (Read more Jay Carney stories.)

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