UPDATE NO. 2 (1:22 p.m.): Press secretary Jay Carney, when asked about the Drudge report of Petraeus in his press briefing today at the White House, told reporters to be “mindful” of their sources.
“I can say with absolute confidence that such an assertion has never been uttered by the president,” Carney said. “And I’ll say again, be mindful of your sources.”
UPDATE: Drudge’s exclusive says that President Barack Obama believes Mitt Romney wants to tab David Petraeus as his running mate. From Drudge:
President Obama whispered to a top fundraiser this week that he believes GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney wants to name Gen. David Petraeus to the VP slot!
“The president wasn’t joking,” the insider explains to the DRUDGE REPORT.
A Petraeus drama has been quietly building behind the scenes.
Romney is believed to have secretly met with the four-star general in New Hampshire.
This might explain the poll on The Drudge Report. We explained before why Petraeus, the current director of the Central Intelligence Agency, probably wouldn’t be chosen. The perception of choosing politics before country might backfire against both him and Romney. No one really knows what his politics are.
And in this 2010 American Spectator piece by Philip Klein, he refuted the notion that he would seek a run for president. It’s anything but a simple denial. It’s an emphatic no.
“I thought I’d said no about as many ways as I could,” he said. “I really do mean no. We have all these artful ways of doing that. I’ve tried Shermanesque responses, which everybody goes and finds out what Sherman said was pretty unequivocally no. I’ve done several different ways. I’ve tried quoting the country song, ‘What Part of No Don’t You Understand?’ But I mean, I really do mean that. I feel very privileged to be able to serve our country. I’m honored to continue to do that as long as I can contribute, but I will not, ever, run for political office, I can assure you. And again, we have said that repeatedly and I’m hoping that people realise at a certain point you say it so many times that there’s no way you could ever flip, and start your career by flip-flopping into it.”
Petraeus is now moving up on the Intrade charts and nearing 5 per cent. That puts him sixth in the veepstakes, behind Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and South Dakota Sen. John Thune.
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