White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today said Vice President Joe Biden would not be asked to step down from the Democratic presidential ticket, dismissing as a mere distraction criticism of Biden’s statement Wednesday that Gov. Mitt Romney would put African Americans back in chains.
Carney said the issue of Biden’s running “was settled a long long time ago,” noting he saw no sign of frustration from President Obama that Biden’s remarks had gotten the Obama campaign off message.
Carney used the moment to take a potshot at Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who had suggested it was time for Obama to drop Biden.
“One place I would not go for advice on presidential running mates is John McCain,” Carney said.
Carney said Biden “was talking about Wall Street Reform” Wednesday and accused Republicans of creating “confected distractions from the important issues of the day” and trying to change the subject.
Asked whether Virginia Democrat Doug Wilder, the nation’s first black governor, was also playing politics when he forcibly objected to Biden’s comment, Carney described Wilder’s comments as merely “one man’s opinion” and insisted, “He doesn’t have a point.”
H/T to Fox Nation.