President Heads to NJ as Rumors Swirl of Obama-Clinton Ticket - NBC New York

President Heads to NJ as Rumors Swirl of Obama-Clinton Ticket



    Obama-Clinton 2012?

    Rumors are rampant that the onetime rivals will become running mates on the 20-12 democratic ticket. President Obama is actually back in our area tonight at a democratic fundraiser. Roseanne Colletti has more. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010)

    President Obama heads to New Jersey tonight to attend a Democratic National Committee fundraising dinner, as rumors swirl that he is considering running with Hillary Clinton in 2012.

    "It's on the table," veteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward told CNN's John King in an interview Tuesday. "Some of Hillary Clinton's advisers see it as a real possibility in 2012."

    Woodward said it's possible that Hillary Clinton, now Secretary of State, would swap positions wih current Vice President Joe Biden, replacing him as the Democrats' vice presidential nominee. 

    "The other interesting question is Hillary Clinton could run in her own right in 2016 and be younger than Ronald Reagan when he was elected president," Woodward said.

    For her part, Clinton said today that she has "no interest" in the vice-presidential post and praising Vice President Biden as doing a "wonderful job." The White House, too, dismissed the rumors.
    Meantime, with midterm elections less than a month away, President Obama and Vice President Biden have been hitting the campaign trail to try and shore up support for Democrats amid growing voter anger over the economy, unemployment and the war in Afghanistan.

    The president's visit to New Jersey today is his first to the state since his trip to Edison in July to promote legislation to help small business.

    President Obama is slated to be in Cresskill, N.J. for just over two hours. He was in New York City last month for a similar fundraiser event and to attend the United Nations General Assembly and poverty summit.

    Also out to try and shore up support for Democrats, Vice Presiden Biden told Democrats at a Minnesota fundraiser yesterday that he'll "strangle'' members of the GOP who complain about the federal budget.

    According to a pool report from Tuesday's event in Dayton, Biden was telling the crowd that Democrats know how to balance the budget. He said, "If I hear one more Republican tell me about balancing the budget, I am going to strangle them.''

    He quickly added: "To the press, that's a figure of speech.'' Biden joined former Vice President Walter Mondale at the fundraiser for 350 people paying at least $150.

    Also Wednesday, President Obama will award the nation's highest medal for gallantry to a Green Beret killed in a Taliban ambush.

    The parents of Army Staff Sgt. Robert Miller will accept the Medal of Honor from Obama in an East Room ceremony Wednesday. Miller was a native of Harrisburg, Pa., and was leading a patrol of U.S. and Afghan troops near the Pakistan border on Jan. 25, 2008, when insurgents opened fire. Despite being wounded twice in the chest, he continued firing and hurling grenades, ultimately sacrificing his life to protect his comrades.

    Thursday is the ninth anniversary of the bombardment that marked the post 9/11 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. Since then, more than 1,200 U.S. troops have perished in the conflict, now America's longest since Vietnam.