Jim Messina, the campaign manager of President Obama's reelection effort in 2012, flatly denied that "anyone who mattered" considered dropping Vice President Biden to add Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump Jr. met with Gulf adviser who offered help to win election: report Voters Dems need aren't impressed by anti-waterboarding showboating After year of investigation, Trump can rightly claim some vindication MORE to the ticket.

 

 

Messina's denial came after journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann reported in their new book Double Down that then-White House chief of staff Bill Daley, spooked by the president’s drooping poll numbers in the fall of 2011, ordered campaign staffers to poll and focus-group the impact of switching the two.

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Earlier Friday, White House press secretary Jay Carney said he didn't know if President Obama was aware of Daley's efforts, but that the idea was never seriously considered.

"The president never considered that, and had anyone brought that idea to him, he would have laughed it out of the room," Carney said.

Carney, who previously worked as a spokesman for Biden, also offered a defense of the vice president.

"If you look back at 2012, and you look at that moment in the campaign when the vice president had his debate, it was a key moment, and Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBiden says 'enough is enough' after Santa Fe school shooting Zinke provided restricted site tours to friends: report Democrat wins Philadelphia-area state House seat for the first time in decades MORE delivered for the ticket," Carney said. "I think there's no question about that, and the president knew he would."