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. NOBAMA 2012

    Joke of the day, for sure!!!

    November 1, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  2. Sam

    having biden as VP shows how incompetent obama is.....was it part of the deal to package him up for president?

    November 1, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  3. Ron Sponer

    Joe Biden can be president should Obama disappear! Frightening! At one time the next in line was Nancvy Pelosi! Even more frightening! But then . . . . "Run Joe run!"

    November 1, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  4. LiberalLove

    He would never win the primary.

    November 1, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. Critical Thinking

    well this country elected a man who had no experience, no record and no ethics. why not elect a man who has no brain.

    November 1, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. Chat Pata

    If Biden was Al Gore's running mate in 2000, he would not have lost. America wants an Everyday Joe that they can have a bear with, accompanied by a smart or evil guy e.g. Bush (dumb) and Dick Cheney (evil). Al Gore (smart) and Joe Lieberman (evil) was a bad combo. McCain (dumb) and Sarah Palin (dumber) was also a bad combo, and so is Mitt Romney (evil) and Paul Ryan (eviler). Joe Biden (dumb) and Hillary Clinton (evil) would be a winning combo.

    November 1, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  7. jorge washinsen

    Don't laugh.Look how close he is to being your president now.He is the only politician that you always know what he is thinking.

    November 1, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. Katherine Williams

    Best team ever Obama/Joe they are so real and human ............they relate to most americans

    November 1, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. McBob

    You just have to wonder if he's OK mentally. It's tough when you get older and some diseases strike early. He doesn't appear to have it all together which is scary. Makes you wonder about Mr. Obama's decision making process in picking him as the VP.

    November 1, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  10. Jim Fyfe

    Biden will be – sorry – too old in '16, and I don't think Hillary will run. Keep your eyes on Cuomo; he got national exposure during Sandy.

    November 1, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  11. Sarah P.

    "well this country elected a man who had no experience, no record and no ethics. why not elect a man who has no brain"

    --------------------------
    or maybe a woman with no brain...Please don't count me out.

    Happy Birthday Ronald Reagan!

    November 1, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. arc

    Please don't waste your time, money

    November 1, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  13. e320dq

    I thought it was Halloween – not April Fools

    November 1, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. jpmichigan

    This has got to be a joke. LOL Sorry Mr. Biden half the time you don't even know where you are.

    November 1, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  15. Expat American

    Joe Biden will not run in 2016. After President Obama’s second term; the Democrats’ strategy will be to put the Party’s future at the forefront.

    Many folks here are questioning President Obama’s decision to choose Vice President Biden – either because of his age or otherwise.

    These are the same people who catapulted Sarah Palin to the position of Leader of the GOP for a short while after McCain’s defeat in 2008.

    Joe Biden (D) is the voice of the middle class working woman and man.

    As was displayed in the coverage of the 2008 election, Sarah Palin (R) is the voice of people who teach their children to wear gloves if/when they ‘touch a person of color’.

    November 1, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  16. Lew

    Please, please, please tell me that Democrats wouldn't entertain the idea of putting Crazy Uncle Joe Biden up as their nominee in 2016. Even Democrats have to have more sense than that. Although, they did put up John Kerry in 2004, so you never know.

    November 1, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  17. Anonymous

    After spending this morning reading comments from the right, I extend my kudos to CNN for helping bring out the very worst of America. It's nearly as entertaining as the newly converged AOL/HuffPo paid troll comment feeds. Not quite, but getting there.

    November 1, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  18. CA-J

    Hey, McBob, when you were talking about age, I thought you meant Romney. He's the one who can't remember what policies he supports. His campaign has to go around correcting everything he says. Every week, he has a different position. Maybe it isn't that he is "tacking to the center" but he's just "forgetful".

    November 1, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  19. Knucklehead

    Funny how everybody forgets Biden's plagiarism scandal in '88. That was the first thing made me wonder about Obama...perhaps the greatest speaker of his generation, selecting a plagiarist as his running mate.

    What if we'd elected Hilary?

    November 1, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. tv22

    Joe Biden probably thinks it is 2016, or 1916, or some other year. What a scary thought that he's a heartbeat away from the Presidency. If Obama is re-elected (hope he's not), we better pray for his health.

    November 1, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  21. Observer

    Remember American republicans put an actor with alzhiemers in charge for 8 years. Now they want to put a man in the office of president who thinks he is going to get his own planet in his next life. They just had a spoiled brat in office for 8 years before President Obama. Now there is a track record, obviously the people running the republican party like them dumb and easy to manipulate.

    Compared to what the reds have put forward in the last 30 years, Joe is leaps and bounds better.

    When Ryan is ready in 4 years they'll have another stooge to try and put into office.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    Biden/Romney 2016
    By then Romney will have changed his mind again and become a democrat.

    November 1, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  22. lorena stewart

    biden. trying to use a tragedy for opportunitiy. lifelong democrat hung with the party w/o hillary this time but it's time for a woman next. if it's biden, i won't vote. that includes approx. 10 family members. what an ***.democrat for 38 years. lots of kids & grandkids also dems also want a woman. this is for another time though. what was biden thinking. he won't win and he was supposed to be helping obama. probably has lost his mind. no empathy.

    November 1, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  23. Vote 2012

    At his campaign rally (claimed it wasn't a rally) Romney said election day is November 7th. Unbelievable, people are voting for this guy.

    November 1, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  24. lorena stewart

    biden has no empathy obviously. the time to discuss our woman pres after obama isn't during this disaster. he blew it.

    November 1, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  25. rs

    I will if the GOP keeps putting up sorry candidates like Romney and Ryan!

    November 1, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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