President Obama mentioned to a top fundraiser this week that he believes Republican candidate for President Mitt Romney wants to nominate CIA chief Gen. David Petraeus as his vice presidential candidate, according to the Drudge Report.
The White House quickly denied the claims cited in the Drudge article. “I can say with absolute confidence that such an assertion [has] never been uttered by the president,” spokesman Jay Carney told reporters after warning Drudge to “be mindful of your sources.”
But the source told Drudge “The president wasn’t joking.” Romney is alleged to have met with the four-star General, mastermind of the Iraq surge, and current head of the CIA, when in New Hampshire.
Picking Petraeus for vice president would be highly controversial, considering his current position. Petraeus, however, has stated categorically that he has no political ambitions at this time.
Update: The CIA has confirmed that Director David Petraeus will not be Romney’s VP pick.
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