President Barack Obama still has about three weeks to drop Joe Biden if he decides to replace the mistake-prone vice president as his running mate.
Democrats have until September 6, at the end of their National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., to formally nominate their presidential ticket, which will then be qualified to run on 50 state ballots.
“As a sitting president and vice president, Obama and Biden are both considered the Democrats’ presumptive nominees and will not be the official nominees until after Charlotte,” a lawyer familiar with the party nominating process told Daniel Halper of The Weekly Standard.
“Each party has to file paperwork with each state once the candidates become official nominees. So it’s still quite possible for Obama to drop Biden and replace him with someone else and pay no consequences with listing on ballots.”
Speculation that Biden could be replaced heated up following the latest gaffes by the vice president. At a campaign stop on Tuesday, Biden told the crowd that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan are “gonna put y’all back in chains.”
Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu decried the remark, which he said had racial undertones. And a senior Democratic adviser called the comment “not helpful.”
In a separate appearance, Biden indicated that we are all still living in the 20th century.
Also on Tuesday, Biden told a crowd “we can win North Carolina again” — forgetting that he was in Virginia.
Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2008, has called on Obama to dump Biden. “The strategists there in the Obama campaign have got to look at a diplomatic way of replacing Joe Biden on the ticket with Hillary [Clinton],” Palin told Fox News on Tuesday.
Palin’s presidential running mate John McCain, asked if he agrees with the former Alaska governor, told Neil Cavuto on Fox News: “I think it might be wise to do that. But it’s not going to happen. If I were Hillary Clinton, I'm not sure I'd want to be on that team."
And former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told CNBC’s Larry Kudlow on Tuesday there is concern that if Biden had to actually assume the role of presidency, “whether he really has the mental capacity to handle it. I mean, this guy just isn’t bright.”
No elected vice president has been dropped from his party’s ticket since 1944, when Henry Wallace was removed at the Democratic convention in favor of Harry Truman.
The likeliest time for an announcement that Biden is to be replaced would be just before the Republican convention begins on Aug. 27 — “around Friday, August 24,” according to Halper. “This would step on the Republicans planned buildup to their convention, and would give Hillary Clinton, perhaps the likeliest replacement, a couple of weeks to resign as Secretary of State and accept her place on the ticket.”
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