White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Vice President Joe Biden will be President Barack Obama’s running mate in the upcoming election, putting to rest any speculation about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stepping into the number two spot.
Carney was asked by Ed Henry of Fox News to “settle” the issue “once and for all” and say whether or not Biden will remain on the ticket.
“Yes and that was settled a long long time ago,” Carney said. “And while I appreciate, I have great admiration for and respect for and a long relationship with John McCain but one place I would not go for advice on vice presidential running mates is to Sen. McCain.”
McCain picked former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate in the 2008 election against Obama. On Wednesday McCain said it “might be wise” for Obama to drop Biden in favor of Clinton.
According to the daily public presidential schedule, Obama met with Biden and Clinton together on Thursday.