Should Obama Consider Another Running Mate for the 2012 Election?

In the light of recent gaffes by current Vice President Joe Biden and sinking popularity numbers, would it be wise for the president to consider another running mate—possibly Hillary Clinton?

Jay Carney, spokesman for the White House, categorically affirmed this week that Joe Biden would remain as President Barack Obama’s running mate in the 2012 election. Some don’t think that's such a good idea.

An article in The Washington Post makes the case for Obama to consider an alternative vice president. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s name is usually the name that comes up when alternatives are suggested. Besides Biden’s gaffes, the most recent being the "back in chains" comment to a black audience, there is also the fact that Biden's popularity rate has been slipping in the polls. According to The Washington Post, almost every recent poll has Biden’s numbers the lowest they’ve ever been with more people giving him unfavorable ratings than favorable. While his favorable ratings were well into the 50s when he and Obama were elected in 2008, recent polls, one NBC/Wall Street Journal and another by Fox News, are significantly down. The polls had his ratings at 35 favorable to 37 percent unfavorable and 41 percent favorable to 44 percent unfavorable respectively.

Although vice presidents are said to not have any real impact on the presidency, there are some calling for a change on the Democratic ticket.

Do you think that the president should consider taking on another running mate before the Democratic Convention next month? And do you think that Hillary Clinton should take the job?

vfocused August 19, 2012 at 04:57 PM
No! Absolutely not! Obama wanted the job and ran over Hillary to get, so, No! Leave Hillary out of your predictament since you are so great, and wonderful and smart and can walk on water as your supporters thought in 08. You made the decision to go with Joe Biden, well you have to stick to it! Good Luck with that. lol Dont disrespect your vp by dumping him. If obama would do it then it would be obvious like it already is that he is in over his head and will do anything to be re-elected so what if the country is still in h--l in the handbasket where he has put us.Repubs even wish they would have gotten Hillary instead of Obama. (Buyers Remorse) National debt is almost 16 trillion. Really?! I pray America doesnt vote stupid again! We cant afford 4 more years of this! Get him out of there!!! Hillary is not going to bail him out after he stomped on her at election time. No way obama, you are on your own! Romney/Ryan 2012!!!!
Alex Carroll August 19, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Obama can definitely use a different running mate...Joe Biden has ruined a lot of things for him on the PR side...and really has no idea what and when to say the appropriate things as a VP or political partner.
Ceci August 20, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Biden does have an issue with not thinking about what's coming out of his mouth...looking back at Obama's past campaign and political moves, a lot of the damage control he had to do was because of something Biden had said without thinking twice. I know he's probably a very intelligent man good at what he does, but not sure he'd be the best running mate for the president.


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