Biden said he's not interested in being No. 2.
DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden told CNN Sunday he is confident a top three finish in Iowa will propel him to his party’s nomination, and said he would not consider being a vice presidential candidate if his White House bid is unsuccessful.
“I believe I’m going to do very well here,” the Delaware senator told Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley during an interview on the CNN Election Express. “If I end up one, two or three then I believe I’m the nominee because all of the sudden the national press will have to cover me.” (Related: Biden says Bill Clinton will overshadow VP position)
Biden pointed to his years of foreign policy experience and relationships at home and abroad that make him the most qualified of the crowded Democratic field.
“This is not a time for on-the-job training and no matter how smart the next president is, you know and I know that they don’t make really difficult decisions, no matter how bright their advisors are unless they feel it in their gut, these are good decent people these Democrats. It’s going to take them a while to get their footing, we don’t have a whole long time,” Biden said.
When pressed about who among his candidate colleagues might need to learn as they go, Biden replied: “I’m talking about the entire field … the exception might be Chris Dodd and I would’ve thought Bill Richardson but some of the things Bill’s saying these days, I find it confuses me whether or not he has a sense of a proportion about our place in the world.”
Biden also told Crowley he would not accept the position of vice president should it be offered to him.
“If I don’t win the nomination the likely nominee is going to be Hillary and I love Bill Clinton, but can you imagine being vice president? I think I could be a much greater contributor to the security of the country as chairman of the [Senate] Foreign Relations Committee,” he said. Clinton “is such a dominant and powerful and positive force that I think the question is if you’re going to stay in public life do you want to be a contributor ...I’m not looking for a ceremonial post,” he said.
- Candy Crowley and Sasha Johnson