Woodward Walks Back Talk Of Clinton-Biden Swap
After his comments that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could be the next vice president kicked up a fuss, Bob Woodward walked back his comments.
The rumor began on Tuesday after Woodward told CNN that the possibility was "on the table."
In an email to The New York Times Woodward said the possibility was "on the table" in as much as "any legitimate vote-getting strategy is always on the table in politics."
But where did he get the idea?
"The issue is outlined in the book, as Mark Penn laid out the possibility, when Hillary Clinton was considering the offer to be secretary of state," Woodward told the Times, adding "I am sure Axelrod is correct. It is not being discussed at this time in the month before the 2010 elections. Obviously, as the book points out, the political conditions in 2011-12 would determine whether it gets raised then. Shaking things up or re-potting the plant often works in politics--and journalism. Best, Bob Woodward."
The Secretary of State said Wednesday that she has "absolutely no interest and no reason for doing anything other than dismissing these stories and moving on."
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told the Times that Woodward's comments are "just absolutely not true. It's not a discussion that's happened."
Presidential adviser David Axelrod agreed.
"There's absolutely nothing to it," he told the Washington Post.