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.
Doesn't he realize that he is the only reason Obama hasn't been assassinated? one shot away!
LOL....no Joe just misspoke...AGAIN....he just ins't sure what year it is
Dear joe Biden, go look uo "snowballs chance in heII".
How does Joe walk with one foot in his mouth?
Biden wants to run against Romney in 2016? Is this some kind of joke?
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
Vote for Biden, in a pigs eye!
Biden for president? Of WHAT?? The local Morons Club of America?? ROFLMAO!!
@larbo – I always wondered why Obama picked Biden as his VP. Thanks for clearing that up.
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.
TO larbo: that is so disrespestful
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.
This guy is more handicapped than the guy in the wheelchair he told to stand up
Biden?? President? Don't make me laugh...
OMG...say it isn't so Joe!!
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.
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.
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.
Biden winning the presidency in 2016 is like Vladmir Putin becoming the next Carholic pope. Ain't happening y'all.
Biden winning the presidency in 2016 is like Vladmir Putin becoming the next Catholic pope. Ain’t happening y’all.
i can't believe people have ever voted for this guy....
Joe Biden is awesome
One of the worst vice pres ever
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
whats the difference between joe biden and an alaska hockey mom? brains...joe has them