Barack Obama's campaign apparatus failed to coordinate their latest spin over replacing Vice President Biden with Hillary Clinton in Election 2012.
David Axelrod, who served as Obama’s senior strategist during the 2012 race, said a “swap” was never in play. He also worked as an adviser to his 2008 campaign, and served as a senior adviser to Obama from Jan. 2009 to Jan. 2011.
VP swap never in play. Biden's taken on many tough assignments. He's been loyal friend and wise counselor. POTUS lucky to have him.David Plouffe, Obama’s 2008 campaign manager and former White House senior adviser, also firmly denied the report on Twitter.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) November 1, 2013
Never any - any - consideration of VP/HRC switch. Not even entertained by the only person who mattered. Or most of us. Back to Halloween.
— David Plouffe (@davidplouffe) October 31, 2013
On Friday morning, however, Bill Daley—who served as Obama’s chief of staff at the time—admitted on “CBS This Morning” that he did assess such a change, and defended it.
Former White House chief of staff Bill Daley on Friday defended a decision to test replacing Vice President Biden with Hillary Clinton.And this:
Daley described the discussions as an example of "out of the box" thinking necessary during a campaign.
He also hastened to say that discussions about replacing Biden never got serious, a day after reports that the book Double Down will say top Obama aides seriously considered moving Clinton to the No. 2 spot on the ticket.
Hillary Clinton knew this was being tested, the book says. On CBS News, Daley said he wasn't aware Clinton knew. He added there is bit of “overhype,” around the book.
The discussions about switching Biden with Clinton occurred in the fall of 2011, a few months before Daley stepped down as Obama’s top adviser in January 2012.
And we end the day with this clarification::
November 01, 2013, 04:14 pm
Jim Messina, the campaign manager of President Obama's reelection effort in 2012, flatly denied that "anyone who mattered" considered dropping Vice President Biden to add Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the ticket.Let me be clear: VP-HRC switch never considered by POTUS or anyone who mattered in the campaign. #sillyseason
— Jim Messina (@Messina2012) November 1, 2013