In a new book recounting the campaign, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe tells the story of how President Obama and his advisers whittled down a list of candidates -- which included Hillary Clinton -- to just three names: Sen. Joe Biden, Sen. Evan Bayh and Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine.
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In an excerpt of The Audacity to Win released to Time, Plouffe recounts his surprise that Obama was seriously considering Clinton as his number two.
"I still think Hillary has a lot of what I am looking for in a VP," Obama told Plouffe. "Smarts, discipline, steadfastness. I think Bill may be too big a complication. If I picked her, my concern is that there would be more than two of us in the relationship."
And, Plouffe writes, Clinton supporters who wanted her as vice president should have been grateful she was considered.