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Reich: Obama May Use Hillary Clinton to Distract From Economy

Thursday, 05 January 2012 08:23 AM

President Barack Obama will reshuffle his cabinet this election year by naming Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as his Vice President to deflect attention away from his economic track record and possible return to recession while sending current V.P. Joe Biden to Clinton's old spot, a position he always wanted anyway, says a key Democrat.

The country views Obama more favorably when it comes to foreign affairs, yet when it comes to the economy, things look less favorable for the president.

"The economy won't be in superb shape in the months leading up to Election Day. Indeed, if the European debt crisis grows worse and if China's economy continues to slow, there’s a better than even chance we’ll be back in a recession," economist and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich wrote in a Christian Science Monitor guest blog.

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"Clinton would help deflect attention from the bad economy and put it on foreign policy, where she and Obama have shined," wrote Reich, now a professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley.

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Voters who pushed Obama into office in 2008 also might not return in droves as they did the first time around.

"Obama needs to stir the passions and enthusiasms of a Democratic base," wrote Reich, who served in three national administrations and was a secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton.

"Hillary Clinton on the ticket can do that."

Republicans, meanwhile, are still locked in a tight race, with the polls unable to stick with a front runner for long.

The lead in the Republican nomination race has changed seven times since May in Gallup polling, with the G.O.P. race resembling that of the Democrats back in 2003.

"The volatility in Republican preferences in 2011 most closely resembles changes in Democrats' preferences in 2003 when Joe Lieberman, John Kerry, Tom Daschle (not an announced candidate), Dick Gephardt, Howard Dean, and Wesley Clark each had their turn as front-runner, before Kerry took command of the race at the start of the primaries in 2004," Gallup reports.

"The lead changed hands nine times in Gallup polling throughout 2003."

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