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Changing Places In 2012: Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden?

11:28 PM, Dec 29, 2011   |    comments
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Biden-Clinton Switch in 2012?

 WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) --- Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich blogged on his website this week that President Obama "needs to stir the passions and enthusiasms of the democratic base that's been disillusioned with his cave-ins to regressive republicans," and suggested that could be accomplished by having Secretary of State Hillary Clinton run as Obama's vice-presidential running mate in 2012 and having Vice-president Biden become Secretary of State.

He argues that having Clinton on the ticket "would take attention away from the economy and toward foreign policy," where he says the president and secretary of state have shined.

Biden shot down similar speculation a year ago, telling Vanity Fair magazine that he's already been asked to run again

But does the idea make any sense?

"No, it doesn't. First of all, although there is precedent for dumping a vice president there is not really a lot of it," said presidential scholar Stephen Hess of the Brookings Institution.

"And the reason is pretty simple. When a president is running for re-election, they don't want to admit mistakes and dumping your vice president would be considered a very big mistake, and that doesn't happen," he said.

"But there is another reason as well. Not only would Obama retain Joe Biden but he thinks Joe Biden is doing a very good job, and he is doing a very good job by what vice presidents do, what presidents ask them to do, for the type of advice he has been giving the president, I would say that he is an asset politically," Hess told 9News Now.

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