VP Biden Keeping the Door Open for 2016?

By Lindsey Ellerson

Jun 15, 2009 6:35pm

ABC News' Karen Travers reports: In an interview on Meet the Press this weekend, Vice President Joe Biden seemed to leave the door open for another presidential run. “But you won’t rule it out that you’ll think about being president,” NBC’s David Gregory asked the vice president. “No, I won’t. I won’t rule that out. No,” said Biden, who mounted unsuccessful campaigns for the White House in 1988 and in 2008 before being tapped as Barack Obama’s running mate. Gregory did not ask him if he would rule out running for president, but Biden’s answer seems to conflict with reporting that last fall, he told then-Senator Obama that he had ruled out another presidential run. So has Biden changed his mind? An aide indicated Monday that all options are on the table. “He’s focused on the job he’s doing now. And so are we. We do not wake up every morning thinking, ‘What can we do today to get the vice president elected seven years from now?’” said Biden spokesman Jay Carney. “It’s not something we’re thinking about. But there’s no reason to rule anything in or out for 2016." But if Biden chooses to not make a third attempt at the presidency, it does not mean he will go quietly into the Wilmington night when the administration is over. “This does not mean categorically that there is no political future for Joe Biden,” a White House official said, adding that there is no chance that Delaware Blue Hen will fully retire from public life and it would be crazy to rule him out as a presidential candidate, given his experience as a former senator and vice president. For now, Biden, who would be 74 years old on Inauguration Day 2017, is focused on his role in the White House and how he can play a part in the big policy debates and decisions. “He’s fully aware that there is no such thing as a successful vice president in an unsuccessful administration,” the White House official said. -Karen Travers

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