Joe Biden: Hillary Clinton ‘Will Not Affect My Decision’ About 2016

Feb 25, 2014 1:24pm

Leave it to the ladies of “The View” to get Vice President Joe Biden to open up about 2016.

The vice president told ABC’s Barbara Walters on the daytime talk show today that Hillary Clinton’s decision for 2016 would not impact his own run.

“Whether she runs or not will not affect my decision,” Biden said during his fourth appearance on the show.

The vice president also said that his wife Jill is “supportive” of him wading into 2016 presidential waters, even though he still has not made a decision.

“It’s as likely I run as I don’t run,” he said. “I just truly haven’t made up my mind. And this ultimately becomes a family decision.”

One thing is clear — if he does decide to launch a bid, he sees his experience in the Obama administration as a plus.

“Look, the only reason to run for President of the United States, [is] if you truly believe you’re in a better position to do what you think is most needed in the country,” he said. “I think my knowledge of foreign policy, my engagement with world leaders, my experience, is — uniquely positions me to be — to follow through on the agenda Barack and I have of bringing up world peace in a way that is real and substantive. “

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Biden didn’t offer any other hints despite Walters’ prodding, but he did make a promise to the talk show host who is retiring this year, telling her if she “sticks around” he will give her the exclusive when he does decide.

“I’ll tell ya what, I’ll make ya a deal,” he said.  ”If you stick around, I will announce my decision with you.”

The vice president also came bearing gifts for the ladies: a box with the inscription of the vice presidential seal. Walters thanks him with a kiss of gratitude on his cheek, which Walters then wiped down, so as not to send him “home to Jill” with her lipstick on his face.

Biden was on “The View” today to discuss the Affordable Care Act and urge Americans, particularly women and young people, to sign up for health care before the March 31 deadline.

At an event in Minneapolis last week, the vice president acknowledged, in an off-hand remark, that the White House may not reach its unofficial goal of getting 7 million people to sign up for health care by the end of March. Nearly 3.3 million people signed up between Oct. 1 and Feb. 1.

 

 

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