Biden Eyes 2016 Run, Depending on Field of Candidates

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Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 11:47 AM

By Wanda Carruthers

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Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday he would run for president in 2016 if he thought he had the chance to move the country in a direction that's "different than those who are running," but stressed he had not yet made a decision.

"I haven't decided to run or not run. If I run, it won't be who is in the field. It'll be whether or not I honestly believe I have a chance to be able to really move this country in a direction that is different than those who are running, and that I can get that done," Biden told ABC's "Good Morning America."

Biden said his immediate focus was to "talk about the opportunity we have this year." Of the initiatives President Barack Obama highlighted in Tuesday's State of the Union speech, Biden called upon Congress to "come along" on the president's desire to increase the minimum wage.

In Obama's address, he promised to use his power of executive order to increase minimum wage rates of federal contract workers. Biden predicted the president's actions would "set an example" for Congress to follow suit.

"One of the things the president does ... is go out and make the case to the American people why things have to be done. It does have the effect of seeping down through the political strata," Biden said.

Republicans have voiced concern over Obama's threats to use executive order to further his policy initiatives. Biden defended the president's use of executive order to "act where he can." He maintained 81 percent of people think Congress was not "doing their job."

"We expect the Congress to act," Biden said.

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