Biden: Obama Already Asked Me to Run in 2012

The vice president quells speculation that Hillary Clinton could be Obama’s next running mate.

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BY Kenneth R. Bazinet AND Aliyah Shahid
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS

Bad news Hillary: Vice President Joe Biden isn't going anywhere.

Despite speculation that Biden and Hillary Clinton will swap jobs next year so the Secretary of State can be President Obama's running mate in 2012, Biden said the President has already asked him to run along side him again, a source confirmed with the Daily News.

"I tell you what, there's real trust, that's why he's asked me to run again," Biden dropped to the New York Times at the end of 40-minute interview on Tuesday. "Look, he said, 'We're going to run together, are you going to run?' I said, 'Of course, you want me to run with you, I'm happy to run with you.' "

The rumors have been swirling for months, coinciding with Obama plummeting in the popularity polls. The theory was that Biden—a former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee—really wanted to work solely on foreign policy.

In the meantime, Clinton would reenergize frustrated Democrats and independents—especially Latinos and women—by running for vice president.

Clinton and Obama's press secretary had vigorously dismissed the rumors.

Biden has been touring around the U.S. trying to boost the Democrats before November's midterm elections.

Former Vice President Walter Mondale, said Biden is "the one everybody wants."

"Every candidate out there, when you ask them, 'What can I do for you?' they say 'Can you get Joe Biden?'" Mondale said. "He seems to understand working people, he's got the ethnic background, he puts a lot of emphasis on his faith and his family, and people are comfortable with him."