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  Specter: Dump Obama for Hillary
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Last EditedScottĀ³  Jan 11, 2012 09:02pm
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News DateWednesday, January 11, 2012 03:00:00 AM UTC0:0
Description"Should President Obama dump Joe Biden as his running mate and replace him with Hillary Clinton?

Arlen Specter was asked that hot-potato question, circulating in some Democratic circles, in a meeting Tuesday with The Inquirer editorial board.

His answer showed that the former 30-year senator hasn't lost his knack for blunt talk - nor, perhaps, his bitterness over what he feels were slights from Obama during his failed 2010 Senate campaign.

He suggested maybe Obama is the one who should be dumped.

"That's the second best alternative," he said of replacing Biden. "A better alternative is to make Hillary the [presidential] nominee. As long as we're talking about dumping, let's go to the core problem."

This came amid a nearly hour-long, freewheeling discussion of his views on what he sees as a lack of real leadership in Washington, on all sides.

Asked if he was serious that Democrats should dump Obama, Specter kind of shook his head.

"I'm not going to get involved in that selection problem," he said.

Specter said he had no doubt that Obama would - and should - keep Biden. He said the former Delaware senator, a longtime friend, had been "a very effective voice" for the administration."
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