Biden Boasts Democrats Want Him to Campaign for Them
Posted at 9:53 a.m. on Feb. 7
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. speaks with Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., Del. Donna Christensen, D-V.I., and Del. Madeleine Bordallo, D-Guam, before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
As he discussed his interest in a run for the presidency in 2016, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. noted Friday that he is in demand on the stump in the midterm elections.
In an interview with CNN’s Kate Bolduan where he said he could not see any reason not to run for president, Biden acknowledged that there are some states where President Barack Obama didn’t win in 2012, and senators from those states may not want the president to come.
But Biden said he personally is in demand.
“I’ve been invited to go into, well over 128 races so far,” he said. “And so there are some places the president is considerably more popular than I am, but there’s some places where I can go in and the president can’t. There are some places where it makes no sense for me to go in or for the president to go in.”
Biden also wouldn’t predict a Democratic takeover in the House.
“I’m not suggesting you won’t have a divided Congress,” Biden said. “But in terms of the prospects of Democrats running for Congress, incumbents in the Senate, I think we are in the best shape we can be, because the American public agrees with us on the issues.”
Biden also sounded like someone very much interested in running in 2016.
Asked by Bolduan if he could think of any reason not to run, Biden said “I can’t … There may be reasons I don’t run, but there’s no obvious reason for me why I think I should not run.”
As for a timetable?
Biden said, “Realistically, a year this summer.”
“For me, the decision to run or not run is going to be determined by me, as to whether I am the best qualified person to focus on the two things I’ve spent my whole life on, giving ordinary people a fighting chance to make it, and a sound foreign policy that’s based on rational interests of the United States, where we not only are known for the — the — the power of our military, but the power of our example,” he said.