Hillary dismisses speculation about vice presidency

There were rumours that Hillary could swap jobs with Vice Prez Joe Biden.

Updated: Oct 07, 2010, 13:54 PM IST

Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has dismissed speculation that she could switch jobs with Vice President Joe Biden before the 2012 election.

Rumours of a possible swap elevated when Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward said on CNN on Tuesday night that the White House was keeping that option open.

But the White House and Hillary have flatly rejected the suggestion.

"I have absolutely no interest and no reason for doing anything other than just dismissing these stories and moving on, because there`s just no - we have no time," Hillary said on Wednesday. "We have so much to do. And I think both of us are very happy doing what we`re doing."

The rumours have been fuelled by polls showing Hillary in better standing with voters than Biden, and that bringing her on the ballot in 2012 would strengthen President Barack Obama`s re-election bid.

A recent Fox News/Opinion Dynamics Poll showed that 55 percent of voters would prefer Hillary as vice president, compared to 25 percent for Biden.

Hillary and Obama ran bitter campaigns against each other for the Democratic nomination in 2008. After Obama defeated Republican John McCain for the presidency, Hillary and Obama put aside their differences and she agreed to become secretary of state.