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Biden To Step Down October 5th-
Summary of the eRumor: eRumor stating that Joe Biden will make an
announcement that owing to health problems that he will step down as the
Vice Presidential candidate and name Hillary Clinton as his replacement.
The Truth: This is a widely circulated
eRumor that started in September, 2008, during the presidential
There is no source
cited and there has been nothing to substantiate it.
The email builds upon
hopes that Hillary Clinton could still end up on the Democratic ticket
and speculation that presidential hopeful Barack Obama regrets not putting
Clinton in the vice presidential slot, especially after the appearance
of Sarah Palin as the running mate of Republican John McCain.
Although there are no
known grounds for the rumor, it has been noted that nothing about it has
appeared on Senator Obama's "Fight the Smears" web site. That is a
portion of his campaign site that was set up to battle Internet rumors
that have circulated about Obama, most of which have not been true.
That has led to
questions about whether there may be some truth to it.
Biden has surgery in
1998 to repair two brain aneurysms.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Subject: Breaking News.....
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008
On or about October 5th, Biden will excuse himself
from the ticket, citing health problems, and he will be replaced by
Hillary. This is timed to occur after the VP debate on 10/2.
There have been talks all weekend about how to proceed
with this info. Generally, the feeling is that we should all go ahead
and get it out there to as many blog sites and personal email lists as
is possible. I have already seen a few short blurbs about this - the
'health problem' cited in those articles was aneurysm. Probably many of
you have heard the same rumblings.
However, at this point, with this inside info from the
DNC, it looks like this Obama strategy will be a go. Therefore, it seems
that the best strategy is to get out in front of this Obama maneuver,
spell it out in detail, and thereby expose it for the grand manipulation
that it is.
So, let's start mixing this one up and cut the
Obamites off at the pass - send this info out to as many people as you
can - post about it on websites and blogs - etc
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