Biden: I Have 'No Obvious Reason' Not to Seek Presidency

Friday, 07 Feb 2014 04:23 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Vice President Joe Biden says he can't think of any good reasons not to seek the presidential nomination in 2016.

"There may be reasons I don't run, but there's no obvious reason for me why I think I should not run," Biden told CNN's Kate Bouldan Friday.

He joked that being able to once again drive his Corvette is a reason not to run, but that "realistically" he plans to make a decision by summer 2015 whether he'll run for the presidency.

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If Biden chooses to run, he could face a tough battle against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who places at the top of most polls, including over potential Republican candidates. According to a recent Washington Post/ABC poll, Biden placed a distant second to Clinton, 73 percent to 12 percent.

Biden told Bouldan that the decision will be determined by whether or not he is the "best qualified person" to run.

"That doesn't mean I'm the only guy that can do it," Biden said. "But if no one else, I think, can, and I think I can, then I'd run. If I don't, I won't."

Biden is on the road to push President Barack Obama's "year of action" promised in the State of the Union address, and has been assigned by the president to develop a task force in the next six months to reform federal job training programs.

“The income inequity in this country is profound. The middle class is shrinking,” Biden said earlier this week.

However, immigration reform is overshadowing the focus on the middle class, CNN reports, with House Speaker John Boehner Thursday saying immigration reform is unlikely this year because his caucus doesn't trust Obama.

Biden said that he still believes immigration reform is possible and that he believes Boehner is "under a great deal of pressure from the right."

"I think no matter what we said, it would impact the internal dynamic and politics in the Republican Caucus. We should let them figure their caucus out," he said.

Meanwhile, Biden said that it's clearly "not our preference" to pass a bill that falls short of offering a pathway to citizenship.

"Any bill that passes out of the House has to go through a conference committee with the Senate, which passed overwhelmingly a pathway to citizenship," Biden said.

Such issues may have an impact on this Fall's elections, with Democrats worried about how the botched Obamacare rollout will affect them at the ballots.

But that doesn't mean Obama or he will stay out of the fall races, said Biden.

"There are some places the president is considerably more popular than I am, but there's some places where I can go in and the president can't. There are some places where it makes no sense for me to go in or for the president to go in,” said Biden, noting that he remains "truly optimistic" about Democrats' chances.

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