Biden Says There’s ‘a Chance’ He’ll Run for White House in 2016

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Biden Says There’s ‘a Chance’ He’ll Run for White House in 2016.

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden says “I think I could do a good job” as president but says it’s too soon to say if he’ll try to succeed Barack Obama. Biden told ABC’s “Good Morning America” Wednesday that he sees the contest for the Democratic nomination for president as “wide open,” even though former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — widely considered a front-runner — has yet to announce her candidacy. “Yes, there is a chance,” Biden, 72, said in the interview. “But I haven’t made my mind up about that. Biden says “being president and being leader of the Senate is two different things,” noting a vice president’s constitutional responsibility to occasionally preside over the Senate.

Biden says in an interview he didn’t feel an atmosphere of blatant partisanship Tuesday night in the House, where President Barack Obama delivered his next-to-last State of the Union address. Both Clinton and Biden have made no secret of their interest in running in 2016, but Clinton allies have been building an organization that encompasses many of the key strategists and operatives in the Democratic field, and she holds a significant double-digit lead in every poll of the potential field.

Biden tells NBC’s “Today” show that “Republicans realize they’re in control and have to govern.” He says that reality makes him “more optimistic about getting things done.” The vice president also was asked about what seemed like derisive laughter among some Republicans when Obama noted at one point that he’d run his last campaign. Biden says that running for president is “not my focus now.” He says instead that his goal is “to keep this recovery moving.” Biden also says he has “plenty of time” between now and this summer to make a decision about running. Elizabeth Warren, a liberal icon whom many progressives see as their only alternative to Clinton. “I think this is wide open on both sides,” he said of the presidential primaries. “Right now my focus is getting implemented what the president talked about last night: to nail down this recovery and get the middle class back in the game. Look, the person who is going to end — and Secretary Clinton is really competent, capable person, and a friend — the person who is going to be the next president of the United States is the one that’s going to be able to articulate the clearest vision to the American people of where they’re going to take the country.

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