President Obama has no intention of getting rid of Vice President Biden as his running mate, the White House said Thursday.
Republicans are being “ridiculous” and are trying to “distract
attention” with their focus on Vice President Biden and his
controversial comments earlier this week, White House press secretary
Jay Carney said.
“They know that what they're saying about this is ridiculous," Carney
said at a briefing with reporters, adding that it's an “obvious” attempt
to take attention away from policy issues.
Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign lashed out at Biden and President
Obama this week after the vice president in an address in Virginia said
the Republican’s approach to the financial industry would “put y’all
back in chains.” Biden made the remarks in front of a racially mixed
Obama’s campaign has repeatedly said Biden was simply talking about financial regulation.
“The vice president was talking about Wall Street reform,” Carney said Thursday. “The vice president's intention was clear.”
Asked if Obama regrets the choice of words Biden used, Carney, who
served as communications director to Biden before taking the podium job,
called it “trivial,” and said “nobody took it as a reference to
anything” except those who are trying to "make something out of
Carney said it was an attempt to distract from the message because “the
other side is losing these policy debates pretty overwhelmingly.”
The White House spokesman said Obama “absolutely understands and knows what the vice president was talking about.”
Asked if Obama was frustrated by the distraction over the last few days, Carney replied, “Not that I saw.”
Obama met this morning with Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) earlier this week said Obama would be
better off replacing Biden with Clinton as his running mate. McCain said
he did not expect that to happen, however. He said he thought Clinton
hoped to run for president in 2016.Asked about McCain's remarks
Wednesday, Carney said: "One place I would not go for advice on
presidential running mates is John McCain."
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