Biden: Hillary Clinton Not the Factor

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Vice President Joe Biden alongside Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the White House in Washington, DC, in this Oct. 13, 2011 file photo.

Vice President Joe Biden already has said he can see “no obvious reason” not to run for president in 2016.

Now he says that includes Hillary Clinton.

The vice president told ABC’s Barbara Walters on “The View” today that Clinton’s decision about seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2016 will not affect his own.

“Whether she runs or not will not affect my decision,” Biden said on the show. He also said his wife Jill is “supportive” of him running, though he hasn’t 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.”

“Look,” Biden said — borrowing a speaking technique from his boss, “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. 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.”

Running or not, Biden already has made one campaign promise

“I’ll tell ya what, I’ll make ya a deal,” Biden told the show’s host. “If you stick around, I will announce my decision with you.”


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