Voters on Joe Biden: Should He Stay or Go?

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Although it's very unlikely Barack Obama would jettison Joe Biden less than six months before Election Day, it's an idea the media have kicked around since at least 2010. But how do Democratic voters feel? Some aren't so sure it wouldn't be a good idea.

Yahoo! News asked readers to briefly state the case for why President Obama should -- or shouldn't -- keep Biden as his running mate. And if not Biden, who? Below is a sampling from voters on Tuesday.

Related: Why Obama won’t run with Hillary Clinton

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It's time for Joe to go:

"I believe it would absolutely benefit President Barack Obama to ditch Vice President Joe Biden as his running mate. Taking on someone like Hillary Clinton, who was a very close second for his own job, would only help his campaign. She would add a fresh perspective and unique voice, and our country needs it. I'm unsure if I will even vote in this election, but I would vote for an Obama/Clinton ticket without question." -- Threesia Goff, Kentucky

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"If Joe had to go, it may not be the worst thing in the world. President Barack Obama needs to decide whether to stay with his current Vice President Joe Biden or to switch gears with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He probably won't change things, but he should consider it. Clinton became a cool meme thanks to "Texts from Hillary." Gaffe-prone Biden made the wrong call on Osama bin Laden." -- Shawn Humphrey, Maryland

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"Hillary Clinton should be Barack Obama's running mate instead of Joe Biden in November, as it would be a key factor in attracting female voters. Besides the female vote, Clinton would also help Obama appeal to middle-class white Americans." -- Eric Holden, New York

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"President Obama should consider Hillary Clinton as his running mate to win a second term. Clinton is an asset to Obama's administration. She is a progressive voice and helps solidify the president's commitment to equality and women's rights. Their working relationship also demonstrates Obama's ability to compromise and make allies out of former political adversaries." -- Tara M. Clapper, New Jersey

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"President Obama should have Hillary Clinton on his ticket for the 2012 general election. If there's a war on women being waged by Republicans, Clinton should be the general to combat the insanity. Four years ago, the two were political rivals. Now Democrats need the strongest possible ticket. It would be a wonderful way to end Clinton's political career if she becomes the first female vice president." -- William Browning, Missouri

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Hell no, stick with Joe:

"Regardless of the blogosphere's attempt to label vice president Joe Biden as a loudmouth, non-savvy liability who should be replaced in time for president Obama's re-election bid, Obama's gotta dance with the one he brought to the dance in '08. As FDR's 1944 campaign said, 'Don't swap horses in midstream.' Doing so makes you look desperate and foolish. And subbing him out with someone chosen to attract a certain group of voters likes like pandering." -- Calvin Wolf, Texas

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"President Obama and Joe Biden are a winning team, and I say, 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it.' What about Hillary Clinton? Well let's see... Biden has a longer legislative history. He has just as much foreign policy savvy. His hair is prettier than Hillary's and his suits are way cooler. Besides, the Democrats have already printed up a batch of Obama/Biden campaign signs." -- Carol Rucker, Ohio

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"Joe Biden says strange things sometimes: 'If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, there's still a 30 percent chance we're going to get it wrong.' Obama should stay the course with the incumbent veep. Besides, there are other things to worry about. And Hillary needs time off before plunging into the 2016 race." -- Laurie Jo Miller Farr, California

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"President Obama must keep Joe Biden on the ticket because Joe reaches out to the average man much better than the president. In addition to being the 'Average Joe,' Biden is also a Roman Catholic 'Joe,' which may be important as the Catholic Church seems engaged in a legal battle with our government over mandates to provide certain drug coverage." -- Morris Armstrong, Connecticut

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"I can think of two words that effectively describe why President Obama should stick with Joe Biden as his running mate: gay marriage. As a registered Democrat, nothing made me as proud as I was of the president the day he came out in favor of marriage equality, and without Joe Biden, there's no telling when Obama would have announced his support. There's something to be said about loyalty, too." -- James Schlarmann, California

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