Biden: 'You'll vote for me in 2016'
October 31st, 2012
03:04 PM ET
1 year ago

Biden: 'You'll vote for me in 2016'

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.

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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.


Filed under: 2012 • 2016 • Florida • Joe Biden
soundoff (286 Responses)
  1. MarieMD

    @larbo – cnn? any comments on larbo's from the secret service? JA!
    WOW!!!
    That being said, I would vote for the Vice President. He has shown that he is an outstanding citizen, father and husband and his whole life has been spent trying to make this country better.

    November 1, 2012 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  2. Name Pamma

    That would be real scary !'

    November 1, 2012 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  3. dw

    wow! LARBO! advocating the assasination of an American president. Another great example of the lack of class republicans have. shameful!!!!!!

    November 1, 2012 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  4. Ed

    I don't take the rantings of a known plagiarist like Biden too seriously.

    November 1, 2012 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  5. Loll

    Sure Joe– go back to sleep now.

    November 1, 2012 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  6. danzo187

    About all he'd make os a good drunk

    November 1, 2012 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  7. Steve- Illinois

    If Biden was running for President, the Republcans would take the Presidency, Senate, and House. Ya might as well nominate Mickey Mouse.

    November 1, 2012 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  8. Jeff from Columbus

    Its amazing, to me, that Biden's mental stability isn't more of an issue in this campaign. His legendary gaffes have increased RAPIDLY in the closing days of the campaign. In Ohio, he thought he was in Iowa. In Florida, he thought he was in Ohio. And on and on.

    Plus, America all saw Biden's very disturbing laughs and grins that were bizarre. Its clear he wouldn't be mentally capable of assuming the office of President. So, why won't the media look into his health records or do some investigating to determine the cause of his bizarre behavior?

    The American people deserve to know. We're electing Obama AND Biden. Just like with Dan Quayle 20 years ago, is American comfortable electing a Vice President as unstable as Joe Biden?

    November 1, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  9. 5string

    If we don't get Obama out, there won't be anything left by 2016.

    November 1, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  10. OHOHOZO

    I think people should ask this mad man be quiet and be an adult anyway.

    November 1, 2012 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  11. SeeThruIt2

    In 2008 McCain was just over 70 when the Democrats were saying he was too old for the potential 8 years in office.

    November 1, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  12. Name

    He is delusional if he thinks he'd ever win a presidential election.

    November 1, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  13. jsmoulder

    The only reason Obama picked Biden was to make Obama look smart.

    November 1, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  14. Gurgyl

    To those dogging larbo. Don't you remember the same thing was being said about Dan Quale and the first president Bush. Mostly by democrats.

    November 1, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  15. Dave

    Hey Joe it's Halloween not April Fool's Day, I cant believe obama and Biden still think people like them.

    November 1, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  16. jeepn

    Who's Joe Biden?

    November 1, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  17. Name

    This is a joke, right?

    November 1, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  18. Justin

    Good guy.. Not a President.

    November 1, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  19. Name C E Chase

    You've GOT to be kidding...... A run for president of AARP ? Yes.....POTUS? .....nooooooooooooo

    November 1, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  20. knklhead

    The wingers feel that Biden was goofy during the VP debate. Others realize that he mopped the floor with Lyin' Ryan.

    November 1, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  21. UVikingsLost

    Hillary/Cuomo 2016

    November 1, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  22. UVikingsLost

    Obama/Biden 2012 Remember, Ann Romney said when Mitt loses the 2012 election, Mitt will not run for President again. Priceless!

    November 1, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  23. Dan

    Biden will probably run in 2016 and have a lot of momentum behind him when Obama leaves office, but ultimately there are better candidates out there like John Edwards.

    November 1, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  24. UDidntBuildThat

    Biden should stay right there in Florida.... in Century Village.

    Really people? this is the guy that is one step fr the presidency. Is this the best we can do in this country for a vice president?

    November 1, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  25. KBNJ

    Awesome!! If Obama does happen to win this one, the White House will BELONG to the Republicans in 2016!

    November 1, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
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