As most commentators have been noting since Mitt Romney chose Paul Ryan as his running mate, current Vice President Joe Biden will be at a severe disadvantage when debate season comes. Old, charisma-deprived and prone to gaffes, Biden will likely have a hard time facing off against the young, telegenic and rhetorically disciplined Ryan. This has, in turn, led many people to begin wondering whether it really is the time for President Obama to dump Biden and pick a new running mate.
And no name has been more floated as a contender for that role than Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Indeed, even former Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin thinks Clinton is a superior choice to Biden. And, as it turns out, so does Palin’s former running mate, John McCain.
From the Huffington Post’s storyon McCain’s remarks:
en. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Wednesday that it “might be wise” for President Barack Obama to pick Hillary Clinton as his running mate given Vice President Joe Biden’s penchant for saying things that sometimes land him in hot water.
“I think [Obama] might be wise to do that,” McCain said during an appearance on Fox News, when asked about the prospect of Obama tapping Clinton this time around. “But that’s not going to happen, obviously, for a whole variety of reasons.”
In a fit of gasps and laughs, McCain said one reason it won’t happen is because, “I’m not sure if I were Hillary Clinton I’d want to be on that team.”
McCain’s prediction might not be off – after all, Clinton is one of the few figures in the present administration who inspires something like bipartisan admiration. As McCain suggested later in the interview, a 2016 run might be the wisest choice for the Secretary of State, especially if a Republican incumbent administration exists to argue against.