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Biden to Democrats: Run on 'Resurgent' Obama Record

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By    |   Friday, 13 Feb 2015 08:27 AM

Critics say that bumping Joe Biden up to the presidency could equal a third term for the Obama administration, but the vice president said Thursday that he prefers to "call it sticking with what works."

Biden, speaking at Drake University in the early caucus state of Iowa, fell short of announcing a 2016 candidacy of his own, reports The Wall Street Journal, saying it's a "family, personal decision" that won't be made until "sometime at the end of summer."

All the same, he called on any Democrat who plans to run for president to "run, yes, run, on what we have done," and keep the record going that he and President Barack Obama built.

He acknowledged that Democrats have been keeping their distance from Obama's economic policies, but continuing that into a presidential race will be a "terrible mistake," as he believes the country's economy will continue to grow under the Obama administration's policies.

Biden's address was promoted as his opportunity to explain some of Obama's plans that were introduced in last month's State of the Union address, reports The Hill, but instead turned more into a discussion of the upcoming presidential race, as his Iowa trip sparked discussion that Biden is preparing his own campaign.

And that campaign will likely follow the lines of the work that has already been done, Biden said, adding that the United States' economy over the next decade or more could depend on the policies that are embraced by candidates in 2016.

"Are we going to continue this resurgence or are we going to return to policies I would argue have failed the country in the past?" Biden said.

But Biden did not give all the credit to Obama, as he noted his own role in implementing the stimulus programs before returning to statistics about the nation's status.

"Almost 12 million jobs have been added since we’ve been in office, over a record 59 straight months of private sector growth," said Biden. "The fact is, America is back. America is leading the world."

But if Biden does decide to run, he will likely face a formidable challenge from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Further, he trails in the polls not only behind Clinton, but according to a Des Moines Register/Bloomberg poll last month, behind Massachusetts Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren as well.

Last month, Biden told ABC News that he still hadn't decided, but that he sees the nomination battle as "wide open on both sides," while praising Clinton as "a really competent, capable person and a friend," reports The Hill.

But on Thursday, he said he was not in Iowa to build a potential campaign, reports The Washington Post

"I’ve been here a lot, I have a lot of friends," he said. "I’m going to see some of my friends [who] are still in the legislature, and they’re here today. But no, I’m not doing any organization, if that’s what you mean."

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Critics say that bumping Joe Biden up to the presidency could equal a third term for the Obama administration, but the vice president said Thursday that he prefers to "call it sticking with what works."
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