Sarasota, Florida (CNN) - Did Vice President Joe Biden court his first voter Wednesday for a possible 2016 presidential bid?
While he has previously hinted at a potential run, Biden smiled as he mentioned–perhaps jokingly–a White House run on the phone with a voter during a campaign stop at a Sarasota, Florida restaurant.
– Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker
– Check out the CNN Electoral Map and Calculator and game out your own strategy for November.
As he mingled with fans and supporters, one woman handed the vice president a cell phone at the event, urging Biden to speak with her brother, a Republican.
Biden took the phone, immediately saying: "I'll tell ya what, you may be a Republican but I love ya."
Wearing his trademark aviator sunglasses inside the restaurant, the former 36-year senator quickly got into a serious discussion with the relative about the health care law. A man standing nearby said, "I think he met his match," referring to the detailed conversation.
After nearly two minutes on the call, Biden moved to end the conversation. "Look, I'm not trying to talk you into voting for me, I just wanted to say hi to you."
"And after it's all over, when your insurance rates go down," he continued, "then you'll vote for me in 2016. I'll talk to you later."
It was unclear whether Biden was kidding or not, but a few supporters standing around him did not seem to laugh. One person, however, could be heard clapping at the 2016 remark.
The vice president moved on and continued to take photos with fans at the restaurant.
While Biden would be 73 in four years, the vice president stirred speculation last year when he left the door open to a 2016 campaign.
And his wife, Jill, fueled more rumors when she told NBC this summer that she wasn't sure whether "this is his last campaign."
"Joe would make a great president," she added.
Only if Hillary doesn't run Uncle Joey.
He's delusional! Isn't he?!
"Only if Hillary doesn't run Uncle Joey."
She's not. Get over it.
I like Joe and all, but I want Clinton to run.
Wow would that statement cause everyone to vote against Obama and negate that possibility!
I think I'd vote for just about any other democrat congressman/governor before I'd vote for Biden to be in control of the big red button.
joe will tell you like it is however if hillary runs she has my vote
I'd literally vote for my dead dog first.
I second that.
Please Biden, oh please, run.
I'd vote for Palin before I'd vote for Biden.
And Palin was the reason I voted for Obama in 2008.
I'll be voting for Hillary. Sorry Joe.
I'm a Democrat and I would probably look elsewhere before going with Joe.
2 big presidential campaign failures, both a complete embarrassment and waste of time (never garnering more than 3% of the primary vote in his own party's bid for the nomination), and being forced out in shame in '88 for lying and plagiarizing and even having to admit having plagiarized in law school as well as on the campaign trail. one might think that would save us from having to see this man's preposterous gape ever again. instead, he actually thinks he should still be president. the catalog of ridiculous quotes grows every day. Obama must have owed him a HUGE favor (like Joe's son arresting Larry Sinclair in 2008).
No, Plugs, I will NEVER vote for you.
Ps: There is no greed like liberal greed for other peoples' money.
Hey Buffoon... I wouldn't vote for you for latrine inspector.
There is no way the idiot Biden will ever be elected President.
I think Joe would make a great President, if what you want is someone who will speak condescendingly to the other party, laugh off their ideas, and act as if they don't know anything. Yep, if partisan politics and more roadblocks is what we want, let's all vote for Joe.
LOL = Liberals Only Laughable
You guys got nothin' Go pick up your last welfare check.
It is no secret that Hillary Clinton will run in 2016 (Bill is practically shoving her into the race) and Joe Biden won't be running. This comment is a fun way for Joe to play with the media. It worked.
Not even thinking about 2016...Must get through next Tuesday first. Mon Dieu!
Please Joe, run for POTUS. We need a comedian in the W.H.
Uncle Joe for President of the Demented Hills sanatorium, he will be the president of the owners association there. LOL
Good old delusional Joe. He'd be 73 by that time and more dementia will already have set in. Romney is going to win this election and again in 2016 so why waste time speculating about something that seemingly is futile to say the least?
Crazy Joe???? I guess if Obama is reelected it won't matter much who is pres in 2016. There won't be anything left for Joe to destroy or ruin