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Clinton on V.P. swap rumor: 'Absolutely no interest'

From NBC’s Andrea Mitchell
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dismissed rumors circulating today that President Barack Obama could be considering making her his running mate for his re-election race in 2012, saying that she has "absolutely no interest" in changing course.

Asked about the speculation by Time Magazine CEO Ann Moore at a professional women’s conference, Clinton said that Vice President Joe Biden is doing “a wonderful job” and that she has “absolutely no interest and no reason for doing anything other than just dismissing these stories and moving on.”

“Both of us are very happy doing what we’re doing,” she said.

White House senior advisor David Axelrod told NBC News this morning that any reports about Clinton replacing Biden on the ticket in 2012 are “absolute fiction.”

*** UPDATE *** White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters Wednesday that the rumor is "absolutely not true."

"It's not a discussion" within the White House, Gibbs said, adding that the president believes that "the decision to pick Joe Biden is one of the best decisions that he has made in the past few years."

The report, he said, "is a bit of a head-scratcher."

NBC's Chuck Todd and Mike Viqueira contributed reporting.