Joe Biden’s second week-long vacation in little over a month is fueling speculation that President Barack Obama may be preparing to make a change in his running mate.
"The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden will be in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. There are no public events scheduled," Biden’s White House schedule reads. A month ago, Biden and his wife, took the week of July 4 to vacation, also in Rehoboth Beach, the Weekly Standard reported.
“Biden's second week-long vacation in as many months is likely to fuel speculation that President Barack Obama is considering dropping the veteran politician from the ticket this election,” the Standard commented.
“Biden's frequent errors and gaffes in office and on the campaign trail have been the source of much consternation for the Obama administration, and have resulted in strong calls for Biden to be dropped from the ticket.”
Obama and Democrats have been quick to shut down such speculation in the past.
In a July 10 interview with a New Hampshire TV station, Obama was asked if he has “100 percent” decided on a running mate. He said, according to the Waterbury Republican-American, “Yeah, his name is Joe Biden. … He could not have been a better vice president. He continues to have my complete and absolute trust and I expect to serve with him for another four years.”
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is often named as the ideal person for Obama to choose for his ticket. However the former First Lady has repeatedly said she is done with elective politics and is not interested in the job.
Biden, 70, has adopted a role that is lower in profile but more versatile on the stump in this election season, according to the Washington Times.
In the past, he has played the role of campaign attack dog but these days he is tapped for such functions as holding fundraisers in Utah, courting seniors in Iowa or giving a keynote speech to key Democratic groups such as trade unions, trial lawyers and civil rights organizations, the Times reported.
“He’s like a four-color card in a game of Uno. You can play him anytime,” Jason Johnson, a political science professor at Hiram College in Ohio, told the Times. “They can send Joe Biden anywhere.”
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