11/02/2013 12:57 pm ET

Jay Carney: 'It Would Be Awesome' If Ted Cruz, Rand Paul Run In 2016


White House Press Secretary Jay Carney waded through some 2016 speculation questions on Friday, sparking some laughter with the press in the process.

Fox News' Ed Henry asked Carney to address a segment of the new book "Double Down -- Game Change 2012," which revealed that Obama administration aides considered replacing Vice President Joe Biden with Hillary Clinton.

Henry shifted that detail to the future, asking if President Barack Obama believes Biden would be a strong president in 2016.

"I think the president picked Joe Biden as his running mate for the right reason, which is that, if necessary, Vice President Biden could be president," Carney said.

Carney then refused to get into further 2016 talk, unless Henry wanted to talk about the Republican picture. Carney described that as "pretty interesting."

"Please proceed," Henry said, with chuckles emanating from the rest of the room. "Go ahead. How do you compare Rand Paul? Ted Cruz?"

“I think they all ought to run,” Carney said. “It would be awesome.”



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