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Speculation about Biden annoys White House

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The White House is getting irked about persistent speculation in the media that President Obama might dump Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. as his running mate in 2012 in favor of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

After hosts of NBC’s “Today” show questioned both Mr. Biden and Mrs. Clinton on consecutive days about a possible switch, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer posted this on his Twitter account Thursday morning:

“I have noticed a weird @todayshow obsession with faux story of Sec. Clinton replacing @VP…Have asked both about it last 2 days on the show.”

Mr. Biden said he will be on the ticket again.

“Absolutely, positively yes,” the vice president said. “There’s never been a question about that.”

Mrs. Clinton, asked if there were any chance she and Mr. Biden would switch roles, replied, “No, there is not.”

“I do not even think it’s in the realm of possibility,” she said. “It’s not a serious issue in the administration.”

She added that Mr. Biden is doing “an amazingly good job.”

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