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

Posted: Wednesday, January 21, 2015

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is leaving the
door open to a possible 2016 White House bid.

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. We’ve got a lot of
work to do between now and then. There’s plenty of time.”

Biden said he wouldn’t decide until summer about another
bid for the presidency. He said Clinton is “really competent,
capable person and a friend.”

“I think this is wide open on both sides,” Biden said in
the interview a day after the president’s State of the Union
address to Congress. “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.”

In 1988 and 2008, Biden unsuccessfully sought the
Democratic presidential nod but dropped out both times. In the
2008 campaign, Barack Obama selected Biden to be the party’s
vice presidential nominee. Both won re-election in 2012.

“The person who is going to be the next president of the
United States,” Biden said in the interview, “is the one who
is going to be able to articulate the clearest vision to the
American people of where they’re going to take the country.”

To contact the reporter on this story:
Elizabeth Wasserman in Washington at
ewasserman2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story:
Jon Morgan at
jmorgan97@bloomberg.net
Elizabeth Wasserman, Steve Geimann

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