Update September 21, 2008 : For more information on this story go to No Biden Rumor: No Obama-Biden Campaign Materials in Obama Offices
The rumor that Joe Biden may step down has begun to spread. In less than four days both vice presidential candidates have made statements indicating that Obama made a big mistake in not choosing Hillary Clinton to be his running mate.
On Wednesday, during a town hall meeting in Nashua, N.H., Joe Biden said that Hillary Clinton “might have been a better pick than me.”
According to Fox news, Biden was responding to an audience member who had criticized Clinton.
Make no mistake about this, Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America. Lets get that straight,” Biden said in Clinton’s defense.
She’s easily qualified to be vice president … and quite frankly, might have been a better pick than me. But she’s first rate. I mean that sincerely. She is first rate. So let’s get that straight,” he said.
As reported by ABC news, Spokesman Ben Porritt offered this response from the McCain camp:
Barack Obama’s most important decision of this election, and Biden -- the candidate he selects -- suggests, himself, that he wasn’t the right man for the job, and that Hillary Clinton would have been a better choice. Biden certainly has a credible viewpoint on this.
During the third and final exclusive interview with ABC’s Charles Gibson, which aired last night on ABC’s “World News,” Gibson asked Sarah Palin about Hillary Clinton.
I saw you quoted somewhere as speaking rather admiringly of Mrs. Clinton, Senator Clinton, during the primary campaign. Do you think Obama should've picked her?
I think he's regretting not picking her now, I do. What, what determination, and grit, and even grace through some tough shots that were fired her way -- she handled those well . . .
According to Chelsea Schilling at WorldNetDaily
“Television pundits, talk radio personalities and blogs have been buzzing with speculation about a last-minute VP switch for the party. . .”
Terry’s Blog speculates:
“Don’t be surprised when in the next several days, Biden steps down as Obama’s VP candidate citing health issues, and Obama names Hillary as his new VP choice. . .”
John R. Houk suggests:
"If the rumor pans out and Biden leaves, then the Hillary political machine will make some very good pot shots: nevertheless a McCain/Palin smart campaign could well overcome Hillary’s pot shots by sticking to a BHO indecisiveness that could only be dealt with if Hillary and BHO switch Offices before the election. . ."
Other bloggers have pointed out that unless Biden leaves because of illness or a family emergency the Obama campaign would never survive the shame of having made such a major mistake.
For more details on the Gibson interview with Palin see the Digital Journal article by Susan Duclos: Palin Tells Gibson She Thinks Obama 'Regretting' Not Picking Hillary Clinton