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Hillary rejected VP slot to ready her own 2016 run
The Washington Examiner ^ | August 17, 2012 | 11:54 am | Paul Bedard

Posted on 08/17/2012 9:18:11 AM PDT by null and void

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was pressed by her husband and a top Obama aide to consider replacing Vice President Joe Biden just a couple of weeks ago, claims the author of the New York Times bestseller "The Amateur."

But Clinton, exhausted from four years of international travel and diplomacy, shrugged off the suggestion to lay the groundwork for her own 2016 bid with her husband at her side, according to author Ed Klein.

"As recently as a couple of weeks ago, the White House was putting out feelers to see if Hillary Clinton was interested in replacing Joe Biden on the ticket," Klein told Secrets. "Bill Clinton, I'm told, was urging his wife to accept the number two spot if it was formally offered. Bill sees the vice presidency as the perfect launching pad for Hillary to run for president in 2016."

He made similar comments Thursday night to CNBC's Larry Kudlow. The White House has dismissed speculation of a Clinton for Biden swap despite a string of recent gaffes by the vice president.

Klein, whose book is No. 2 on the NYT bestseller list, quoted unnamed sources who revealed that top Obama aide Valerie Jarrett put the vice presidency on the table during a lunch with the secretary of state. "The lunch was ostensibly about policy issues, but the subject of the vice presidency came up," he said. "Hillary told Valerie Jarrett that she was not interested in running as Obama's vice president."

Klein said she cited two reasons: If elected, she didn't want to be tied to Obama's left-leaning politics in her own 2016 bid. Second, if Obama loses, she would be tarred as a loser.

New on Friday: Klein told Secrets that Bill Clinton is working fast to get a 2016 Hillary for President campaign up and going. His sources told him that Clinton is sniffing around for a major donor to offer up a jet for the potential candidate to use. Also, Klein said, Clinton is looking for somebody to take over the Clinton Global Initiative "so that he can devote his full time to Hillary's campaign."

Klein has sources deep in the Clinton camp and he said that they said she is eager for a rest followed by a makeover. "She clearly is exhausted. She needs to lose weight and get her energy back for a four-year slog."

He added that Obama has never talked to Clinton about replacing Biden. The reason, said Klein, is that Obama was afraid she would turn him down and Bill Clinton would leak the snub to the media.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: clinton; democrats; elections; hillarita; hillary; hillary2012; hillary2016; hitlery; hitleryrottenclinton; nanny911; soshillary
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She rejected a chance to be one hearhbeat away from the president and a chance to run as a surviving incumbent?
1 posted on 08/17/2012 9:18:14 AM PDT by null and void
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To: null and void

She’s running for Anti-Christ in 21016.


2 posted on 08/17/2012 9:20:55 AM PDT by polkajello (Romney: The Lesser of Two Weasels)
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To: null and void
Thunder Thighs will be 69 years old 2016. I don't think she can stay awake til then...
3 posted on 08/17/2012 9:21:26 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: null and void

I called this one yesterday. Why would she want to tie herself to his policies even if they are hers also?


4 posted on 08/17/2012 9:21:33 AM PDT by nobamanomore
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To: null and void

She rejected the VP job because she thinks Obamao is going to lose and she does not want to be on that ticket.


5 posted on 08/17/2012 9:22:19 AM PDT by Friend of the Friendless (R-Illinois)
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To: null and void

If she thought Obama had a great chance of winning, she would get on the ticket. She probably thinks it’s 50/50 or less so she is not willing to risk being tied to this loser.


6 posted on 08/17/2012 9:22:19 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: null and void
I never post to Breaking.

This story is the exception that proves the rule.

7 posted on 08/17/2012 9:22:25 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1306 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: null and void

In 2016, Hilary will be the “John McCain” of the Democratic Party, should she be nominated. A worn-out has-been, lacking energy, enthusiasm, or ideas. She’ll have “earned” her nomination because she’s the most senior, or because “she’s due” or is “owed” something” for doing her time and supporting the Democratic establishment.


8 posted on 08/17/2012 9:23:34 AM PDT by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: null and void

Seems a little unbelievable...


9 posted on 08/17/2012 9:24:06 AM PDT by GOPJ (“Family: One of God’s masterpieces.” sign at Chris McMurray's bakery - Crumb and Get It)
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To: null and void

..she’ll lose her liver by then......*clicking glasses*


10 posted on 08/17/2012 9:25:34 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: null and void
Hillary vs. Sarah in 2016.

I'm salivating. Don't you think Sarah could squelch the viscous MSM attacks on her family by pointed to the obvious bias in them not attacking Hillary's family?

11 posted on 08/17/2012 9:27:03 AM PDT by PapaNew
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To: null and void

Someone need to tell Hillary! that that picture in her attic isn’t working any more.


12 posted on 08/17/2012 9:27:34 AM PDT by Noumenon (Obama 2012: Zimbabwe without the airfare)
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To: PapaNew

Hillary vs. Sarah in 2016.

I’m salivating. Don’t you think Sarah could squelch the viscous MSM attacks on her family by pointing to the obvious bias in them not attacking Hillary’s family?


13 posted on 08/17/2012 9:27:53 AM PDT by PapaNew
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To: null and void

This is just something for the left to talk about so they can ignore R/R. I don’t believe one word of any of it.


14 posted on 08/17/2012 9:28:41 AM PDT by Hattie
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To: null and void

[ If elected, she didn’t want to be tied to Obama’s left-leaning politics in her own 2016 bid ]

Why not? She supports the same left-wing policies.


15 posted on 08/17/2012 9:30:04 AM PDT by KansasGirl ("If you have a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."--B. Hussein Obama)
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To: Lou L
A worn-out has-been, lacking energy, enthusiasm, or ideas.

Yeah. She's old school. I think people have had enough tax, spend, tax, spend, tax......

Half the country is freeloading because of policies like hers. I think the tax slaves have had enough. Without an active slave force, Hillary is nothing but dust in the wind.

16 posted on 08/17/2012 9:30:14 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: null and void
If the former Twelfth Lady thought Osama had a good chance this November she'd be wise to sign on to the ticket.Running as a sitting Vice President worked for Bush Sr *and* algore (majority of the vote).Assuming that she *was* offered the slot and *did* turn it down it's gotta mean that she doesn't like Osama’s chances.
17 posted on 08/17/2012 9:30:32 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Word Is Out,Harry Reid's Into Child Porn.Release All Your Photos,Harry!)
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To: null and void

“...lay the groundwork for her own 2016 bid with her husband at her side...”

It’s looking problematic if Billy Boy will see 2016.

THAT is going to enhance Evia’s possibilities... because NO ONE wants to see the TWO of them back in the WH.

Billy Boy would be a definate boat anchor around her neck.


18 posted on 08/17/2012 9:30:42 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: null and void

Hitlery and Bill are smart enough to know that once she helped Ozero get reelected, she would be shunted off to the Naval Observatory and told not to speak again. Heretofore, she has put as much distance from the obama stench as she could by being outside the country as much as her budget allowed. I think it is really probable that His Excellency put out feelers to her but she realized that whatever happened i.e. if he won or if he lost, there was no upside for her to be VP. Unless Biden comes up with some mistery disease in the next few weeks, look for him to be on the ticket, at least at the outset. Don’t overlook the possibility that he gets dumped for “medical reasons” into the election if the titanic continues to go under the waves. If she remains adamant not to run, some other candidate will be chosen as His Excellency will try to cover all the bases. Perhaps some white guy from a swing state as he has the black vote tied up and as many women as he will get to vote for him now.


19 posted on 08/17/2012 9:31:04 AM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
Old, drunk and megalomaniacal is no way to go through life.
20 posted on 08/17/2012 9:32:14 AM PDT by tumblindice (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: GOPJ

She’ll be 69 then.


21 posted on 08/17/2012 9:32:14 AM PDT by donna (Republicans wont change their ways until conservatives draw the line.)
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To: null and void

“He added that Obama has never talked to Clinton about replacing Biden. The reason, said Klein, is that Obama was afraid she would turn him down and Bill Clinton would leak the snub to the media.”

He would, too.


22 posted on 08/17/2012 9:32:14 AM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: null and void

“He added that Obama has never talked to Clinton about replacing Biden. The reason, said Klein, is that Obama was afraid she would turn him down and Bill Clinton would leak the snub to the media.”

First time Obama was ever right. Looks like Bubba was leaking even tho the quasi conditional semi somewhat offer was thru a proxy.


23 posted on 08/17/2012 9:32:23 AM PDT by chuckee
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To: null and void

Hillary does have work to do. Bury the weight and the grooming sloth, which has always been her true self. A trademark really, when she isn’t running for something.


24 posted on 08/17/2012 9:32:37 AM PDT by RitaOK (NO ROMNEY, NO COMPROMISE. NO WAY. NO HOW. NOT NOW. NOT EVER.)
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To: null and void

Why would he White House put out feelers? Wouldn’t Obama simply ask her?


25 posted on 08/17/2012 9:33:28 AM PDT by DannyTN
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..no, she had her chances in '08 and this cycle

she should have run against Obama, like Kennedy did Carter (probably with the same result)--by 2016 the clock will have completely run out on the Clintons...

26 posted on 08/17/2012 9:33:57 AM PDT by WalterSkinner ( In Memory of My Father--WWII Vet and Patriot 1926-2007)
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To: null and void

If Hillary runs in 2016, she’ll be as old as Reagan was when he ran in 1980 (69). Don’t think she’ll be able to pull it off like Reagan did. She’s not aging quite as gracefully. Despite his age, Reagan came across as a positive, energetic person on the campaign trail. Hillary...not so much.


27 posted on 08/17/2012 9:35:21 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: null and void

That report, with Biden and Obama and Clinton at lunch, reminds me of “The Maltese Falcon”, when Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) and Kaspar Gutman (Sydney Greenstreet) are figuring out how to cooperate together and lay all of the blame on low level thug Wilmer, who happens to be in the same room and is unable to stop the open plotting against him.


28 posted on 08/17/2012 9:35:52 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I love to hear you talk talk talk, but I hate what I hear you say."-Del Shannon)
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To: null and void

All this talk about Hillary just means the Obama campaign is broke and they don’t know how to fix it.
- Can’t run on the economy
- Joe is proving that he’s always been an a$$
- The MSM is upset that Zero won’t talk to them
- R2 is taking the fight to them on Obamacare and Medicare
- Mitt won’t give them his tax records

Besides, Klinton is old and tired and hasn’t had a new idea in years. Bill is pushing it for his own purposes, just to get back in the spotlight.


29 posted on 08/17/2012 9:36:47 AM PDT by O6ret
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To: GOPJ

I tend to agree with you.


30 posted on 08/17/2012 9:40:11 AM PDT by Perdogg (It's time to come together for America)
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To: chuckee; arasina; LuvFreeRepublic; GOPJ
This is why I tend not to believe this story:

1. Hillary voted for the Iraqi war resolution - that debate all over.
2. Hillary will have to explain why the DoS wanted to give Libya millions of dollars a month prior to the US campaign.
3. Hillary will have to explain why she thought Bashir al Assad was a reasonable fella.

31 posted on 08/17/2012 9:47:23 AM PDT by Perdogg (It's time to come together for America)
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To: null and void

Can she and Bill Clinton constitutionally HAVE a second co-Presidency?


32 posted on 08/17/2012 9:49:07 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Only Obama put a dog on the roof of his mouth. Dogs are friends, not food.)
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She rejected a chance to be one hearhbeat away from the president and a chance to run as a surviving incumbent?

She is rejecting running with a very flawed and hated president that even his party is not happy with and refusing to run 4 years from now with his failed policies and blame on her shoulders. She instead will take on running with an enthused dem base in 4 years after the reign of a republican president whose base already does not like or trust and with 4 years under his belt of proving to his base he is no conservative.

Yep...I would make that choice also if I really wanted to win.

33 posted on 08/17/2012 9:49:13 AM PDT by Lady Heron
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To: WalterSkinner

Amen. If she runs in 2016 “with her husband by her side” they’ll both look like a couple of escapees from the convalescent home. (He already does, and she’s increasingly looking like she’s well past her “sell-by” date.)

Without wanting to be thought of as sexist, I think that issue would be greater with a woman than with a man. A woman, regardless of qualifications, may be unfairly discounted for the presidency if too young and pretty (I think that was a real problem for Governor Palin, particularly with other women) or for being too old and decrepit, as the Hildabeast is increasingly looking.


34 posted on 08/17/2012 9:49:34 AM PDT by Spartan79 (I view great cities as pestilential to the morals, the health, and the liberties of man.)
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To: null and void

Any speculation on who the next Secretary of Hate will be?


35 posted on 08/17/2012 9:50:55 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Only Obama put a dog on the roof of his mouth. Dogs are friends, not food.)
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To: null and void

I heard they’re going to ask Jimmy Carter to take Biden’s slot on the ticket.


36 posted on 08/17/2012 9:53:44 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: a fool in paradise

Kerry is rumored to be next in line.

Obama is stuck with Slo Joe. They will keep him on a very short leash and be guzzling Tums during his debate with Ryan. A gaffe eruption could happen at any time, anywhere.


37 posted on 08/17/2012 9:55:34 AM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: GOPJ

I think it’s believable, especially in the light of the way Obama has treated her as SOS. She has been the least powerful, most ignored SOS in history and she has been reduced to a laughing-stock, doing the electric boog-a-loo in Third World countries for the amusement of the press.

This would only get worse if she were VP, and I think she sees it as blurring her “brand identity,” so to speak.

If she does want to run for President, I think she wants to put some distance between herself and Obama first. They’re equally left-wing, so it’s not that she doesn’t like his policies (or those of whoever sets them). But he’s fumbling and bumbling, on top of having dissed her virtually every time he has had the chance to do so, and I don’t think she wants to be associated with that.

Also, maybe she does think he’ll lose...

And after having said all that, I don’t think she was even asked to be VP at the supposed meeting a couple of days ago. But I do think she was called to consult (as a sort of proxy for her husband) in the selection of a replacement for Biden.


38 posted on 08/17/2012 9:55:51 AM PDT by livius
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To: Dr. Sivana
Good comparison. Wilmer Biden doesn't seem like VP material.
39 posted on 08/17/2012 9:56:47 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Encourage all of your Democrat friends to get out and vote on November 7th, the stakes are high.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Dunno. Who would satisfy the requirements?
• Must not outshine Obama
• Must be utterly ineffectual in supporting our allies
• Must support our enemies at every turn
• Must be approved by by the House of Saud and/or CAIR
• LGBTTQ a plus
• Covert Marxist, Stalinist or Maoist a plus
• Not photogenic a plus


40 posted on 08/17/2012 9:59:25 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1306 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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41 posted on 08/17/2012 9:59:48 AM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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To: null and void

she knows he is a loser...he cant win this year and she does not want to be dragged down as being the loser....

think Lieberman, Mondale, Quayle.


42 posted on 08/17/2012 9:59:56 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
"I don't think she can stay awake till then..."

As long as she can do the DOWN AND DIRTY she will stay awake all night.

Hillary Dancing

43 posted on 08/17/2012 10:02:30 AM PDT by Spunky (Those)
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To: null and void

She did the right thing.


44 posted on 08/17/2012 10:02:39 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: donna
She’ll be 69 then.

my favorite year and activity...I'll let you know in 6 year if it is my favorite age(from the way things feel now...it WON'T be).

ps: Reagan was 69 when he assumed office.

45 posted on 08/17/2012 10:04:39 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: blueunicorn6

I heard they’re going to ask Jimmy Carter to take Biden’s slot on the ticket.

interesting...he is capable of 4 more years if the Messiah is unable to complete his term....


46 posted on 08/17/2012 10:08:50 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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It means two things.

First, Hillary does not think that Obama will win. If Hillary is the VP and the Obama/Hillary ticket looses in November, her political career is over as far as an elected office is concerned. While tempting, it is too risky to be on the ticket now as the VP.

Second, it means that the Clintons will see to it that Obama looses in November. Sometimes the republicans can get help from the most unlikely of places.


47 posted on 08/17/2012 10:09:08 AM PDT by TMA62 (Al Sharpton - The North Korea of race relations)
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To: Lou L

Correct. Plus, after Obama’s downfall (either in this election or during another downward term), the Democrat party is going to have to run to a new era...likely a moderate midwestern or southern governor who can pull a Clinton and divorce themselves from the radical left’s control of the party.


48 posted on 08/17/2012 10:09:56 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: null and void
Dunno. Who would satisfy the requirements?
• Must not outshine Obama
• Must be utterly ineffectual in supporting our allies
• Must support our enemies at every turn
• Must be approved by by the House of Saud and/or CAIR
• LGBTTQ a plus
• Covert Marxist, Stalinist or Maoist a plus
• Not photogenic a plus


I don't know, but if you take from your list "approved by the house of Saud" and replace it with "Hates America" I'd say Janet Napolitano fits the billing.
49 posted on 08/17/2012 10:12:10 AM PDT by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 !)
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To: Spunky

MAO jackets seem to fit her well....


50 posted on 08/17/2012 10:15:29 AM PDT by goodnesswins (What has happened to America?)
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