WILMINGTON, Del. — The polls haven’t even closed on election 2012, but let 2016 begin. After casting his ballot Tuesday morning, Vice President Joe Biden was asked whether today would be the last time the 69-year-old politician votes for himself. He answered frankly.
“No, I don’t think so,” Biden said outside Alexis I. duPont High School in Wilmington, Del. where he voted with his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, son Beau, daughter-in-law Hallie and granddaughter Natalie.
Should he decide to run in 2016, Biden, who ran for president in 1988 and 2008, would be 73 years old with nearly 44 years of politicking under his belt, and he could find himself in a 2016 matchup with another politician currently serving in President Obama’s administration — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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Biden has changed his tune over the past week about whether he would seek the presidency in 2016. During a stop in Sarasota, Fla. last Wednesday, Biden told a voter, “You can vote for me in 2016″ after his health insurance premiums have decreased in cost.
But when a voter in Beloit, Wis. asked the vice president Friday whether he’ll be running for president, Biden said, “Oh no, I’m going to stick as vice president.”
Biden arrived at his polling location early Tuesday morning and waited in line for approximately 13 minutes before casting his vote. He greeted voters who were waiting in line with him and even turned to the press to make sure they voted.
“Hope you guys voted at home,” Biden said to the traveling press assembled inside the site.
Briefly speaking to reporters after his vote, Biden said he’s “feeling pretty good” about tonight and it’s always a kick” to vote, urging people across the country to head to the polling booths today.
“I hope everyone exercises their right to vote,” Biden said. “Stand in line as long as you have to.”