Biden: 'You'll vote for me in 2016'
October 31st, 2012
03:04 PM ET
6 years 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. larbo

    Doesn't he realize that he is the only reason Obama hasn't been assassinated? one shot away!

    October 31, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. Obummer Joe just misspoke...AGAIN....he just ins't sure what year it is

    October 31, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. B

    Dear joe Biden, go look uo "snowballs chance in heII".

    October 31, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. average american

    How does Joe walk with one foot in his mouth?

    October 31, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  5. bob

    Biden wants to run against Romney in 2016? Is this some kind of joke?

    October 31, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  6. Roger kumar

    Vice president Biden will be an excellent candidate for the 2016 Presidency. He can win in 2016. He is the most widely read Seanotor . Kumar/USA

    October 31, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  7. Bill

    Vote for Biden, in a pigs eye!

    October 31, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  8. Natch

    Biden for president? Of WHAT?? The local Morons Club of America?? ROFLMAO!!

    October 31, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  9. Henry

    @larbo – I always wondered why Obama picked Biden as his VP. Thanks for clearing that up.

    October 31, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  10. Tom Paine

    I would rather vote for Spiro Agnew (but then again he died in 1996).

    Obama is a bad choice for democrats and a bad choice for Americans, but Biden is far worse.

    October 31, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  11. ksb

    TO larbo: that is so disrespestful

    October 31, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  12. don in albuquerque

    I think larbo's statement needs to be forwarded to the FBI or Secret Service. Believe it or not, hillbilly, threatening the life of the president is a crime.

    October 31, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  13. mia buggar

    This guy is more handicapped than the guy in the wheelchair he told to stand up

    October 31, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  14. Acepaul

    Biden?? President? Don't make me laugh...

    October 31, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  15. hal

    OMG...say it isn't so Joe!!

    October 31, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  16. CryBabies

    Its sad what the people think about Joe Biden. Whats sadder is that he is no.2 in charge. Says alot about the voters in this country.

    October 31, 2012 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  17. don in albuquerque

    Hey come on Guys. Joe can say anything he wants---Its America! MittWitt has been saying anything he wants for over a year now. And it does not even have to have the slightest hint of honesty.

    October 31, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  18. Sheila

    He is out of his mind, and I feel his lack of respect, and his condesending attitude towards the general public make him an unacceptable choice.

    October 31, 2012 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  19. Realist

    Biden winning the presidency in 2016 is like Vladmir Putin becoming the next Carholic pope. Ain't happening y'all.

    October 31, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  20. Realist

    Biden winning the presidency in 2016 is like Vladmir Putin becoming the next Catholic pope. Ain’t happening y’all.

    October 31, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  21. Lamar

    i can't believe people have ever voted for this guy....

    October 31, 2012 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  22. awesome

    Joe Biden is awesome

    October 31, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  23. Name

    One of the worst vice pres ever

    October 31, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  24. Michael

    That sounds like a Death Threat to the President of the United States of America. Good luck to you with the upcoming F.B.I. interrogation mr. Unpatriot larbo

    October 31, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  25. harbormick

    whats the difference between joe biden and an alaska hockey mom? brains...joe has them

    October 31, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
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