Aug 16, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
(USA TODAY) The White House to John McCain: Thanks for the vice presidential advice, but no thanks.
McCain, who lost the 2008 election to Barack Obama, suggested yesterday that “it might be wise” for the president to switch Vice President Biden in favor of Hillary Rodham Clinton — though he also noted it isn’t likely to happen.
While expressing “great admiration” for the Arizona senator, White House spokesman Jay Carney said: “The one place I would not go for advice on vice presidential running mates is to Senator McCain.”
McCain selected Sarah Palin in 2008; Palin had also suggested dumping Biden.
Biden is under fire for his comment Tuesday that GOP deregulation policies would put people “in chains.” Obama and aides have defended their vice president.
When asked on Fox News yesterday about Palin’s comments regarding Biden, McCain said “I think it might be wise” for Obama to replace the vice president with Clinton, though he added: “It’s not going to happen.”
McCain also said, “if I were Hillary Clinton, I’m not sure I’d want to be on that team.”
As it turns out, Obama is meeting today with Biden and Clinton — but in regularly scheduled weekly meetings.
“This is something that happens every week,” Carney said. “This is routine stuff.”