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  Plouffe spills on [Obama] VP choices
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Last EditedMonsieur  Oct 29, 2009 02:26pm
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AuthorFoon Rhee
MediaNewspaper - Boston Globe
News DateThursday, October 29, 2009 08:25:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionPresident Obama's campaign manager says that he was surprised at his boss's interest in Hillary Rodham Clinton as his running mate, but that worries about Bill Clinton ultimately ended that flirtation.

In excerpts of his new book published online and in the new issue of Time magazine, David Plouffe writes that Obama "said if his central criterion measured who could be the best VP, she had to be included in that list. She was competent, could help in Congress, would have international bona fides and had been through this before, albeit in a different role."

As meetings continued, "Barack continued to be intrigued by Hillary. 'I still think Hillary has a lot of what I am looking for in a VP,' he said to us.... I think Bill may be too big a complication. If I picked her, my concern is that there would be more than two of us in the relationship,' " Plouffe writes in "The Audacity to Win: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama's Historic Victory."

He and senior adviser David Axelrod were not enthused about the Democratic "dream ticket" incorporating the former first lady. "Neither Ax nor I were fans of the Hillary option," he writes. "We saw her obvious strengths, but we thought there were too many complications, both pre-election and postelection, should we be so fortunate as to win. Still, we were very careful not to object too forcefully. This needed to be his call."

Obama, of course, eventually picked then-Senator Joe Biden as his vice president and put Clinton in his cabinet as secretary of state.
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