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How About Obama as Hillary's VP?

Brian Beutler of the 'New Republic' lays out his 'modest proposal'

(Newser) - It may be tongue in cheek, but it sure is a talker: Brian Beutler of the New Republic lays out his Swiftian "modest proposal" that Hillary Clinton should make Barack Obama her running mate. The idea is that it would help a white woman pushing 70 attract the young... More »

Why Joe Biden's 2016 Comments Were Smart

He sent clear message to rivals that if Hillary's out, he's No. 1

(Newser) - Joe Biden took some grief this week after telling CNN that "there's no obvious reason why I think I should not run" in 2016. To which the world of pundits replied, hasn't this guy heard of Hillary Clinton? (A poll by ABC and the Washington Post gives... More »

Biden Buys Lunch—After Borrowing 10 Bucks

VP comes up a little short at DC sandwich shop

(Newser) - When the vice president makes a surprise stop at a sandwich shop to buy lunch, it's sure to make a few headlines. When said VP comes up short on cash and needs to borrow $10 from an aide, it's sure to make a lot more headlines. Such is... More »

Rolling Stone Interviewer: Biden's Serious About 2016

Douglas Brinkley thinks a run makes sense, whatever Hillary Clinton does

(Newser) - Rolling Stone is out with an interview of Joe Biden in which the VP talks about everything from gun laws (he's confident on background checks), his relationship with President Obama (close—"I spend an average of four to five hours a day with him, every single day"... More »

Biden: No Plans to Return Part of Salary

VP drawing attention for not joining DC's give-back parade

(Newser) - Sequester politics have taken a weird turn. Joe Biden is now the subject of a spate of negative-sounding headlines because he isn't returning part of his salary in solidarity with federal workers about to be furloughed. (See this headline at CBS News or this one at Reuters .) President... More »

Biden in 2016? He Sure Looks Interested

Recent moves suggest he's already plotting a run, say analysts

(Newser) - So let's see: Joe Biden met with delegates from the Democratic Party behind closed doors today, dropped by the Iowa State Society's inaugural ball on Saturday, invited New Hampshire's governor to his own private swearing-in, and hammed it up on Pennsylvania Avenue during the inaugural parade something... More »

Syria VP: No One Can Win This War

Fighting approaches central Damascus

(Newser) - With fighting rattling Damascus, a leading voice in Syria says Bashar al-Assad can't win the war. But neither side will see a victory, says Farouk al-Sharaa, who has kept a low profile in the conflict and isn't involved in running the government's efforts. Sharaa's comments came... More »

Debate's Big Buzz: Biden's Smiles, Smirks

Vice president's laugh becomes an instant meme

(Newser) - Joe Biden must think Paul Ryan is hilarious, because he was constantly smiling, smirking, or laughing outright at his opponent during last night's vice-presidential debate. It didn't go unnoticed. Twitter lit up with posts about the smile strategy, Politico reports, and it even spawned two, count them two,... More »

As VP Debate Looms, Biden Buckles Down

Vice president preps feverishly after weak Obama performance

(Newser) - After President Obama faltered in his own debate, it falls to his gaffe-happy second-in-command to put things back on track—and Joe Biden isn't taking this one lightly, the New York Times reports. What he's doing to prepare:
  • Biden has holed himself up in a Delaware hotel to
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VP Nomination Is Really a Curse

And Paul Ryan is already experiencing its effects

(Newser) - The best way to ruin your reputation? Get nominated for the vice presidency. Frank Bruni details the VP "hex," which has now fallen on Paul Ryan, in the New York Times : "One minute, you’re a largely respected, minimally dissected public servant sitting on some harmless commission... More »

Why Christie Nixed VP Job: Fear of Loss

Would have had to relinquish governorship to run

(Newser) - Had Chris Christie joined Mitt Romney's ticket, he would have had to quit as New Jersey governor—and he just didn't have the confidence in a GOP victory to justify that sacrifice, reports the New York Post in an exclusive. Christie "felt, at one point, that (President)... More »

White House Mocks McCain's Call to Dump Biden

McCain shouldn't give advice on VPs, spokesman quips

(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,... More »

Was Biden Playing the Race Card?

One columnist says yes; another thinks he was just speaking the truth

(Newser) - Joe Biden says he didn't intentionally pull out a "chains"/slavery metaphor while speaking to largely black audience yesterday, but John Kass at the Chicago Tribune isn't buying it. Biden knew precisely what he was doing: playing the race card. It's something the Obama campaign did... More »

Ryan Choice a 'Gamble,' But He's No 'Robot Nerd'

Andrew Sullivan and Eva Longoria among those weighing in

(Newser) - Reactions are rolling in from the left and right over Paul Ryan as VP pick—some of it predictable, but a few tidbits stand out either for defying political allegiance, unveiling Mitt Romney's strategy, or using a lot of exclamation points: More »

Cheney Calls Palin VP Pick 'a Mistake'

So Mitt Romney should choose better, presumably

(Newser) - Dick Cheney's advice to Mitt Romney: Don't go with another Caribou Barbie. In an ABC News interview, the former VP said John McCain's decision to run with Sarah Palin was simply "a mistake." He added that "the test to get on that small list... More »

Condi Could Save This Dull Election

In a crucial year, neither candidate has inspired: Peggy Noonan

(Newser) - We're in the middle of "a crisis election like 1932 or 1980," yet supporters of both candidates can't seem to muster much enthusiasm. We need to inject some inspiration and excitement into this race, and Condoleezza Rice could be just the person to do it, writes... More »

Biden to NAACP: GOP Attacks Civil Rights

Veep: 'This ain't your father's Republican party'

(Newser) - Joe Biden's reception at Houston's NAACP convention was a far cry from Mitt Romney's . Amid much audience enthusiasm, Biden warned the crowd that today's GOP is threatening the very thing the NAACP was created to protect: civil rights. "Remember what this (group), at its core,... More »

Don't Dismiss Romney-Rice Ticket Just Yet

If he is considering a woman, she's probably the one: Bill Kristol

(Newser) - The smart money is still on Mitt Romney picking someone from the Ryan-Rubio-Portman-Pawlenty camp as his VP, but yesterday's tease from Ann Romney that a woman is under consideration prompted Bill Kristol to rethink the prospects of Condoleezza Rice. Sure, Sen. Kelly Ayotte or New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez... More »

Romney: Rubio Is Being Vetted for VP

He dismisses reports that Florida senator is out of the running

(Newser) - Mitt Romney doesn't like to talk about his VP short list, but this morning's reports suggesting that Marco Rubio is out of the running caused him to make an exception today. "I can't imagine who such people are," he said, referring to the anonymous advisers... More »

Marco Rubio as Romney VP? All Signs Point to No

Two months into search, he hasn't been asked to hand over any info: sources

(Newser) - Marco Rubio is not being vetted to be Mitt Romney's VP. Or so "knowledgeable Republican" sources tell ABC News' Jonathan Karl. They're apparently basing their conclusion on the fact that two months into Beth Myers' reign as head of Romney's search committee, Rubio still has not... More »

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