WASHINGTON - The White House Thursday said Mitt Romney’s complaint that President Obama was peddling “hate” showed the Republican candidate wanted to change the subject as he was losing the election debate. Republican Romney’s outburst on Tuesday sent the White House race into overdrive, reflecting fast rising bitterness between the two campaigns. Meanwhile, the White House on Thursday ruled out dropping VP Joe Biden, and told Republican nominee McCain that with his track record he was in no position to give advice on running mates.  Several Republicans suggested the gaffe-prone Biden should be replaced on Democratic ticket after he enraged Republican candidate Romney with an attack this week.

McCain, the Republican candidate in 2008 who chose the much criticized Sarah Palin as his running mate, said on Fox News on Wednesday that it might be “wise” to swap Biden for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The comment prompted a sardonic response from White House spokesman Jay Carney.