Will Obama Dump Biden In His Second Term?
Speculation that U.S. President Barack Obama will dump Joe Biden in a possible second term was renewed Monday, after the president referred to his running mate as “my current vice president.”
President Obama made the reference during the third presidential debate on Monday night, while attacking Republican candidate Mitt Romney as being unable to make tough foreign policy decisions. While talking about making the call to kill Al Queda leader Osama bin Laden, President Obama said, “those decisions are not always popular, those decisions are generally not poll-tested, and even some in my own party, including my current vice president, had the same critique as you did.”
A sitting president normally does not describe his relationship with his running mate in that manner.
An interview Vice President Biden gave immediately after the debate raised speculation that he may be physically ill. Biden, who has a history of brain aneurysm, appeared to have his right eye squinting or nearly shut, while his left eye appeared normal. He was also constantly blinking and fumbling at times for words.
Biden’s penchant for embarrassing gaffes and outbursts has made him a sore point for the president since the start of his first term. It was speculated that Biden was about to be dumped after he told a crowd of mostly African-American supporters last August that Mitt Romney would “put y’all back in chains.”
At that time, possible replacements for Biden included Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her husband, former president Bill Clinton.
While the deadline for replacing Biden on the Democrat Party ticket is far past, President Obama could choose to replace Biden with someone else. That is, if he wins a second term.