Vice President Joe Biden, left, pats President Barack Obama, right, on the chest while he speaks at a reception in the East Room of the White House in Washingtn.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP

Obama: I wouldn't have run again without Biden

  • Associated Press
  • November 8, 2013 - 3:11 AM

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says if advisers had suggested to him replacing Vice President Joe Biden, he would have told them there's no way he's running for re-election without Biden.

The book "Double Down — Game Change 2012" claims high-ranking Obama aides considered replacing Biden with Hillary Rodham Clinton on the 2012 ticket. The White House has said the campaign did poll to see if replacing Biden would help but that it never reached Obama's desk.

Obama tells NBC News that choosing Biden as vice president was one of his best decisions. He says he wouldn't be here without Biden's support. He's praising Biden as one of the best vice presidents in history.

Obama says Biden is his friend and one of his most important advisers on foreign and domestic policy.

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