November 6th, 2012
08:43 AM ET
2 years ago

Biden hints he may be on future ballots

(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden further fanned the flames of speculation Tuesday over a possible 2016 presidential bid.

But behind the speculation may be his interest in a municipal post.

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While he was leaving a Delaware polling booth, Biden was asked whether it was the last time he'd cast a ballot for himself.

"No, I don't think so," he replied, smiling.

The vice president voted with his wife, Jill, Tuesday morning shortly after 7 a.m. ET at Alexis I. DuPont High School in Greenville. Biden represented Delaware as a U.S. senator for 36 years before becoming President Barack Obama's number two.

While waiting in line for about 11 minutes, Biden chatted and shook hands with those standing in line or passing through the polling station. The vice president then stepped into the middle booth of three, where the poll worker announced, "Now voting, Joe Biden."

Outside the school, the vice president was met with questions by reporters. Asked if he was feeling nostalgic, given that it's been 40 years since he first voted for himself, Biden said "it's always a kick."

"This is the eighth time that I've run statewide in the state of Delaware. It's always a kick, it really is, to see people out here," he said. "I hope everybody exercises their right to vote. It's a great honor."

When the vice president stopped by a restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio later in the day, a woman asked him about his future aspirations.

"After Obama wins this election are you going to run?" she asked.

"Oh, I'm going to go back home and run for county council," Biden replied.

This is the second time in less than a week that Biden has hinted at a potential future campaign. While on a phone call with a voter in Florida last week, the vice president got into a discussion about health care and insurance, making his case for the president's health care reform.

"And after it's all over, when your insurance rates go down, then you'll vote for me in 2016," he said, before moving on and taking photos with supporters.

Biden has already made two bids for the Democratic presidential nomination, in 1988 and 2008. While Biden would be 73 in four years, the vice president stirred rumors last year when he left the door open to a 2016 campaign.

And his wife, Jill, fueled more speculation 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.

CNN Political Reporter Shannon Travis contributed to this report.


– CNN Political Reporter Shannon Travis contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • 2016 • Delaware • Joe Biden
soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. JB

    I could not stop laughing, what a joke!!!

    November 6, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  2. Don Sporns

    Guys that voted for Bush twice things Biden makes too many verbal mistakes. Funny.

    November 6, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. Ted McD

    The only way he'll ever cast another ballot fo himself is if Hillary picks him to be VP again....after what Bill Clinton has done to get the president re-elected the nomination is Hillary's if she wants it .

    November 6, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  4. Bella J

    Joe Biden is Joe Biden own worst enemy

    November 6, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. Whome

    There will be no next time, we will have a dictator by 2016.

    November 6, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  6. Foreverwar

    I'm sure Hillary would love to have him as VP in 2016.

    November 6, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. Ancient Texan

    Can't even imagine the disaster that Joe would bring into being.

    November 6, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  8. Vader

    If it is not his last, it should be. While I consider Joe Biden to be a competent fall back in the event of the unthinkable (particularly as contrasted to a Sarah Palin or a Paul Ryan), his time to "top the ticket" is past.

    November 6, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. billy

    Hey uncle Joe, this is it for you !

    November 6, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  10. Both sides are full of it

    I BEG Biden to be on the ticket in 2016. More entertainment for America!!!!

    November 6, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. hal

    What a joke!!!!!

    November 6, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. chad

    Healthcare rates going down? NO Obama care raises them – that's been proven. Anyone eloect a FSA accoutn the year for medical expenses – the Obama tax to pay for his plan cost me $800 already. In case you do not know FSA contributions are capped at $2500 – expenses over that are no longer available for pretax payment. Thanks Obama – this and his other changes are expected to cost this hard working middle class american about $4,500 in 2013......

    November 6, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  13. McRCN

    Another Biden gaffe. He stands no chance of being elected President.

    November 6, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  14. Twit Bomney

    If Hilary wants it, it should be her turn. Obama must have made some kind of deal with Bill.

    November 6, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. Kris

    It's better off if he gives an add for Crest or Colgate than running for the top job

    November 6, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  16. Erick phillipps

    Why all the animosity? Joe gets my vote.

    November 6, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Textbook example of right wing gullibility. It's reverse psychology coming from Joe Biden, and its' working. He's thrown them a bone, and now the dogs are ravaging themeselves over it.

    When he wins this election, he's not running for another office. He's inciting right wing venom, to stir up the left to get out and vote.

    November 6, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. Beefcake

    Having that man one heartbeat away from the Presidency is scary enough

    November 6, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. LOLROFLOL

    Biden has run for President twice. I believe his all in vote total is somewhere nearly 10,000... never made it past New Hampshire. How he could possibly win the Democrat primary is a mystery to me.

    November 6, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. Alger Dave

    I just checked, and sure enough – in my dictionary under 'delusional' it states (and I quote) – Joe Biden thinking he can be president. He's a nice enough guy, but not presidential material – one more reason to avoid voting for Obama today.

    November 6, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. JimInMS

    He can forget it. Hillary will win the presidency in 2016!

    November 6, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. mike Lake Orion Michigan

    He really shouldn't worry about it. It's scary enough with him being Vice President!

    November 6, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. norman

    Biden's an idiot. He's lucky to have ever held ANY political office!

    November 6, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. CavPilot

    Then we'd go from the Divider in Chief to the Plagiarizer in Chief, or Chief Gaffer...

    Goes to show just how clueless Biden is.

    November 6, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  25. smartaz

    Trying to make Joe Biden president would be the equivalent of the Democrats saying they want a term off from the Presidency.

    November 6, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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