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Carney: 'It'll be awesome' if Cruz, Paul run

White House press secretary Jay Carney joked Friday that it would be “awesome” if Sens. Rand PaulRand PaulBrexit leader Farage pushing US-UK trade deal to Trump Senate sends annual defense bill to Obama's desk GOP rep: Trump has 'extra-constitutional' view of presidency MORE (R-Ky.) and Ted CruzTed CruzThe Hill's 12:30 Report Cruz defends Trump's Taiwan call Ark., Texas senators put cheese dip vs. queso to the test MORE (R-Texas) ran for president in 2016.

“I think they all ought to run,” Carney said. “It'll be awesome.”

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Carney made the quip as he was looking to deflect questions about whether President Obama would choose sides in a hypothetical Democratic showdown between Vice President Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonFeinstein after dinner with Clinton: She has 'accepted' her loss Sanders: Trump is 'a pathological liar' Clintons remember John Glenn as a 'uniquely American hero' MORE.

“I'm not going to get into 2016,” Carney said. “Unless you want to — we could talk about the Republicans. That's pretty interesting.”

The questions about Biden and Clinton came on the heels of revelations that Obama's campaign team secretly weighed replacing Biden with Clinton on the 2012 ticket.

According to Double Down, an upcoming book by journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, then-White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, spooked by the president’s dropping poll numbers in fall of 2011, ordered campaign staffers to poll and focus-group the impact of a switch.

Carney dismissed the report, saying there was no serious discussion of dropping Biden from the ticket.

He also said Obama believed Biden would be a strong president.

“I think the president picked Joe BidenJoe BidenClinton reappears on Capitol Hill for Reid send-off Obama and Biden mourn death of John Glenn The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE as his running mate for the right reason, which is that, if necessary, Vice President Biden could be president,” Carney said. “That's, I think, the first item on your checklist when you're picking your running mate.”