'This Week' Transcript: VP-Elect Joe Biden

Number two, there was a period there when it was thought that it may be useful for me to be in the Senate, in terms of some of the votes that were going to be cast in the Senate that may have been very close, that would have been consistent with our incoming administration's position that I could have been voting on those. It turned out that did not occur.

So they're the two reasons why I didn't...

STEPHANOPOULOS: But you're not going to stay on and try to preside...

BIDEN: No, no, no, no, no, absolutely not. I've already -- if I haven't done it -- to be honest with you, I think I've done it, but if I haven't done it, I've signed a letter, will sign a letter saying, notwithstanding the fact I'll be sworn in the first day, I have no intention of staying up until the day that I am sworn in as vice president.

Secondly, I yield responsibility to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to John Kerry. No, I have -- no.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Your wife, Jill, community college professor.


STEPHANOPOULOS: Will she continue to teach after you become vice president?


STEPHANOPOULOS: Do you know where yet?

BIDEN: Well, she's -- she's been contacted by several four-year colleges and community colleges in the Washington area. She very much likes the community college student body, the people coming back in their late 20s, early 30s.

And so I don't know where she's going to do it. And this probably will not be full-time. It will probably be part-time.

But, look, I think it's very important she have and maintain her own life, her own identity. And she'll be a very active second lady. She'll be very active.

But I think it's important. It matters to her. And she -- and she -- I think it's -- I think it's a good example to set.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Finally, you beat the president to the punch on the puppy.

BIDEN: Well, we're going to have more than one puppy. What I -- what -- from the time we got -- we've always had two dogs. And we've always had two big dogs and so they can have companionships.

And I've had German shepherds my -- from the time I was a kid. And I've actually trained them and shown them in the past, my past life. So I wanted a German shepherd, and we're going to get a pound dog that my wife wants, who is hopefully...

STEPHANOPOULOS: Very politically correct.

BIDEN: ... a golden. Well, no, it's because my -- we already have a pound cat. We've had pound animals at our house already. And so -- but it's mainly so there's companionship for the dog. So we've always had -- the last time around, we had a golden retriever and a lab. And before that, we had a Great Dane and a German shepherd.

So -- and the good news about the vice president's residence is there's a big fence around...


BIDEN: ... several acres.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Got a name for the shepherd yet?

BIDEN: No. My granddaughters are going to make that clear on Christmas morning. I gave it to them. They literally -- my number two and three granddaughter, Finnegan and Maisy, have been calling all the relatives saying, "Aunt Val, this is -- what do you think of this name? What do you think?" So they're really into this thing. So I'll know the dog's name Christmas morning.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, I hope you have a great Christmas. Thanks very much for your time.

BIDEN: I'm looking forward to it. Thank you.

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