Did Hillary Clinton turn down the opportunity to get on this year’s ticket with Barack Obama as vice president? Was there an offer to replace Joe Biden with Clinton as soon as two weeks ago at a lunch with Valerie Jarrett at the White House? According to author of “The Amateur”, Ed Klein, the answer is “yes.”
Klein appeared on CNBC with Larry Kudlow and claimed that his sources inside the Hillary Clinton camp say that the opportunity did present itself. Klein said,
“Up until just a couple of weeks ago the White House was putting out feelers to see if Hillary would accept the vice-presidential nod and replace Joe Biden. Bill Clinton was, I’m told, urging his wife to accept the number two slot. He saw this as a great launching pad for her for running in 2016.”
“But then Hillary had lunch in the White House a couple of weeks ago with Valerie Jarrett — Michelle [Obama]’s best friend, senior adviser to both the first lady and the president … and she told Valerie that she would not accept the vice president’s spot. The lunch was ostensibly about other matters, but it came up. … Hillary felt burned out after four years as Secretary of State. But I’m told there were more important reasons for her not accepting.”
Klein said among the reasons that she would not want on the ticket is that she would be put in vulnerable positions, should she decide to run for president four years from now in 2016. He also went on to say,
“She felt that if she were on the ticket with Obama and he lost, she would be tarred as a loser when she tried to run in 2016. On the other hand, if she was on the ticket and he won, and he continued his far left-wing socialistic policies, she’d have to defend those policies when she ran in 2016.”
“You can assume if Valerie Jarrett is speaking to Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama — who is connected at the hip with Valerie Jarrett — knew all about this.”
“There is one caveat: If Obama gets in desperate straits and Romney and Ryan pull way ahead of him, and he and Bill Clinton team up and put pressure on Hillary, there’s still a possibility.”
More than likely Obama will stick it out with Biden, Klein said.
“I think they are stuck with him. I think they have to go with him, unless, as I say, Bill [Clinton] and Obama can team up on Hillary and say to her, ‘You’ve got to do this.’ She does not want to do it. He would like her to do it — her husband. But I don’t think she will.”
This doesn’t really come as a shock to anyone I’m sure. After all for the Democrats, they love Hillary. However, this revelation here comes on the heels of two huge gaffes by Biden, which have resulted in him being sent on a bit of a vacation from the campaign trail.
Also noteworthy is Sarah Palin’s admonition that Obama drop Joe and put Hillary on the ticket. Even she claimed that would be better for Obama.
A debate between Hillary and Ryan would have at least been interesting to watch. The one coming up between Ryan and Biden will not even be bearable I’m afraid. After all, it’s hard to debate when you are intellectually challenged.