One of the political world’s favorite rumors received fresh legs after both Sarah Palin and John McCain openly encouraged President Barack Obama to drop V.P. Joe Biden from the Democratic ticket in favor of Hillary Clinton.
McCain and Palin, the Republican 2008 ticket, both brought it up this week after Biden’s controversial speech in Danville, Va., during which he told a crowd that a Mitt Romney presidency would “put y’all back in chains.”
Although he predicted it would not happen, McCain said it would be wise for Obama to take the Vice President off the ticket and replace him with Clinton.
“I think it might be wise to do that but it’s not going to happen obviously, for a whole variety of reasons,” McCain said in an interview on Fox News.
“I’m not sure if I were [Clinton] I would want [that] … I think her ambitions frankly are for 2016 and I’m not sure that would enhance that likelihood.”
McCain’s former running mate Palin has called openly for a Biden-Clinton swap, though she hopes it won’t happen, as it would help Democrats win.
Of the “chains” quote controversy, McCain said Biden “continues to say things that are unacceptable in American politics,” and “crossed the line” this time.
“Yet he seems to get away with it because it’s always sort of a joke,” McCain said.
The Biden-Clinton rumor surfaced earlier this year with Obama struggling mightily in polls and some suggesting it would reinvigorate his reelection bid.
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