Skip to comments.Hillary rejected VP slot to ready her own 2016 run
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.
She’s running for Anti-Christ in 21016.
I called this one yesterday. Why would she want to tie herself to his policies even if they are hers also?
She rejected the VP job because she thinks Obamao is going to lose and she does not want to be on that ticket.
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.
This story is the exception that proves the rule.
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.
Seems a little unbelievable...
..she’ll lose her liver by then......*clicking glasses*
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?
Someone need to tell Hillary! that that picture in her attic isn’t working any more.
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?
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.
[ 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.
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.
“...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.
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.