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February 9, 2016

Biden Boasts Democrats Want Him to Campaign for Them

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.

  • Layla

    One in his 70s, one who WILL BE 70, if she takes office……why can’t we find younger candidates to run for the office of the Presidency?

    This is ridiculous.

  • disqus_59KZkHgegx

    Y’all come on down, Joe!
    “If you can’t dazzle them with your brilliance, you can baffle them with your bull*hit.”

  • Aaron Deskins

    Im running for a State Legislature Position…and I don’t want anyone or anything from Obama’s Administration campaigning for me. Maybe Hillary Clinton, but that’s a stretch still yet. I’m a Democrat, btw. I just don’t endorse whomever because they’re in my party.

  • deadgeorge

    Be careful what you wish for. The younger the candidate the more beholden they are to those that raised them to national prominence. Hillary, Biden or California Governor Jerry Brown are septuagenarians, but I dont think any one of them would owe anybody anything if elected President. Obama was a failed experiment in a young optimistic candidate with no political muscle changing the system. The system changed him into a war criminal and a corporate schill. Lets try something else.

  • Mikey

    Hey GREAT! We want him to campaign for them too.

  • Mikey

    Then you’re really not a Democrat. Old saying, ‘if Democrats had brains, they’d be Republicans.’ Another old saying; ‘Its not that our liberal friends are dumb and stupid; its just that they know so much that isn’t so.’ HAHAHA.

  • Roxanna

    Probably because he makes them look smart by comparison.

  • jhsif

    Does biden know this?! has he figured out which state he is in? Did he escape his shackles at the white house and have to have the guys with the butterfly nets to come and get him again

  • Bozeman

    There’s no major difference between today’s liberals and their communist ancestors.

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