White House: Obama did not say Mitt Romney wants Gen. David Petraeus as running mate

White House: Obama did not say Mitt Romney wants Gen. David Petraeus as running mate

Washington : DC : USA | Aug 08, 2012 at 2:24 AM PDT
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The White House has denied a Drudge Report's report that said the president believed Mitt Romney was going to name war hero Gen. David Petraeus as his vice presidential running mate. Petraeus says he has no intentions of leaving CIA to join politics.

The Drudge Report's report claimed an unnamed source overheard Obama telling a top fundraiser that presidential hopeful Mitt Romney wanted General David Petraeus in the VP slot. According to the report, Romney was in secret talks with the four-star general, who had been hailed by the Obama administration as one of the greatest military strategists until a dispute arose with Petraeus insisting on keeping American troops in Afghanistan, while Obama wanted to end the war and pull out the forces. “The pick could be a shrewd Romney choice,” the report said.

White House spokesman Jay Carney denied the accusation, claiming that he “can say with absolute confidence, such an assertion has never been uttered by the President.” He added, “And again be mindful of your sources.”

The president is said to be nervous about such a pick because he is thought to believe that giving too much political power to Petraeus could be harmful not to mention the damage it may cause if he becomes an administration critic.

While Romney has so far remained mum about the vetting process for the VP slot, picking the general, with a bipartisan popularity, could not only electrify his campaign, but also potentially speed up the momentum of the race and who knows, it may even change the game.

Petraeus, however, said in 2010 that he would not be dipping his toes into American politics and now, as a new report surfaced, CIA spokesman said that the war hero still stood firmly by his words.

"Director Petraeus feels very privileged to be able to continue to serve our country in his current position, and, as he has stated clearly numerous times before, he will not seek elected office," Todd Ebitz said, according to a report by Daily Mail.

Petraeus' name is only one of the many long shots mentioned by various political pundits. Other names include Marco Rubio, Bob McDonnell, Tim Pawlenty, Condoleezza Rice and Paul Ryan. The final announcement is expected to arrive later this month at the party convention.

Wendy Zachary is based in Texas, Texas, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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