Vice President Joe Biden says he’s “absolutely, positively” going to be President Obama’s running mate in 2012. But if he wasn’t?
A plurality of Americans would strongly prefer Hillary Clinton to step in to assume the VP role, according to a new “60 Minutes”/Vanity Fair poll.
Forty-three percent of adults said they favored Clinton as a Biden replacement when presented with a list of possible names by pollsters.
Billionaire businessman Warren Buffett, CIA director David Petraeus, Oprah Winfrey and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo all received single-digit support in the survey, which had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
Clinton has remained a highly popular figure with voters, insulated from the political fallout over the lagging economy in her role as secretary of state. A recent Gallup poll found 66 percent of Americans had a favorable opinion of her, compared with 46 percent for Biden.
In a March interview with CNN, Clinton announced that she would leave her post if Obama won re-election. She also ruled out running for the presidency again, or joining Obama on the 2012 ticket.