A top campaign adviser to President Obama said Thursday that President Obama never considered replacing Vice President Biden on the 2012 ticket with Hillary Clinton.
Obama strategist David Plouffe tweeted that there was “never any — any — consideration” of the switch.
The denial came after the New York Times reported on excerpts of a new book, Double Down, written by journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.
The pair reported that former Obama Chief of Staff William M. Daley, spooked by the president’s drooping poll numbers in fall of 2011, ordered campaign staffers to poll and focus-group the impact of switching Biden for the then-secretary of State.
“I was vocal about looking into a whole bunch of things, and this was one of them,” Daley told the paper.
“You have to remember, at that point the president was in awful shape, so we were like, ‘Holy Christ, what do we do?′ ”
According to the Halperin and Heilemann, who also wrote the bestseller Game Change, Obama aides ultimately decided that the move would not provide enough of a political boost to justify the shift.