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 Rodham ClintonMnuchin: Trump has 'perfect genes' Live coverage: Trump, GOP scramble for ObamaCare votes RNC paid little-known firm for reports on Clinton: report MORE to the ticket.
Let me be clear: VP-HRC switch never considered by POTUS or anyone who mattered in the campaign. #sillyseason— Jim Messina (@Messina2012) November 1, 2013
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.
"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 BidenJoe BidenBiden: 'McCain is right: Need select committee' for Russia With no emerging leaders, no clear message, Democrats flounder Obama defends healthcare law on eve of repeal vote MORE delivered for the ticket," Carney said. "I think there's no question about that, and the president knew he would."