Washington (CNN) - Joe Biden's manner of celebrating the start of his second term may offer hints of where the vice president sees himself in four years.
The potential candidate for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination gave nods to both early voting states this weekend – attending an inaugural ball thrown by Iowa Democrats on Sunday, and inviting New Hampshire's newly elected Democratic governor to his official swearing-in ceremony on Sunday.
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At the Iowa event, Biden may have gotten a little ahead of himself, telling the crowd he was "proud to be president of the United States."
"But I'm prouder to be Barack ..." he continued, trailing off as laughter erupted in the room.
"I am proud," he corrected himself, speaking over the crowd, "to be vice president of the United States."
If he was testing the waters for a presidential bid, he found a sympathetic crowd from the state which kicks off the presidential selection process with their caucuses.
"Well, there goes that," Biden muttered, attempting to move on.
On Sunday, another early state Democrat came to pay respects to Biden's second term in office. New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, elected in November with 55% of the vote, attended the vice president's official swearing-in ceremony with her husband and daughter at the Naval Observatory in Northwest Washington.
If Biden were to run in 2016, polls show he'd be a popular candidate, though not as popular as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who's also speculated to be considering a run.
A CNN/ORC Poll taken December 17-18 showed 66% of Democrats could support Biden in a presidential bid, compared to 85% who said they could support Clinton.
A more CNN recent poll, released in the middle of last week, showed the vice president's approval rating standing at 59%, with 38% saying they disapprove of the job he is doing. Biden's approval rating is up five points from last month.
Sometimes the vp says things that are really not necessary and quite frankly, sometimes troubling, but no one loves this country more than he does. I know people laugh and call him names, but I think he's just one of those people who loves to be around other people and who also loves being able to have a center stage designed especially for him so he can say a lot of the things he would normally not be able to. Say what you want, but his man is no fool when it comes to national security and NO ONE explains things better than he does on this subject. I remember in 2008, running to my television(s) to listen when he spoke on foreign policy and coming away feeling as if he had completely educated me. I was even more impressed last year, when he revealed to the world-just how unfit Paul Ryan was to fill his shoes. Whatever VP Biden decides, is up to him but he will have my thanks for job well done.
That would absolutely be the final death knell for America.
Correction: VP Biden will have my thanks for a job well done.
Rick McDaniel, that will be the final death knell for the Republican Party, if it has not happened by then.
I dont think VP Biden will get the nomination in 2016. But that does not mean we all dont love uncle Joe.
lol We go from commie to comedy.
FOR THE FIRST TIME....I REALLY, REALLY ... AGREE WITH 'WOMAN IN CALIFORNIA'... I am also a Californian , born and raised... ,many, many years ago.......... I think she called it beautifully !!!!!!!!!!
There is no question that Biden cares about people. This is something republicans can not fake.
There is no doubt that the Republicans have lost their communication with much of the American people.
do not "appear to care" about people. This does not only appplies to Vice-president Biden
but also to President Abama and to Americans who do not share their negative attitudes and do not pursue the
value of "people importance".
I cannot believe that the Republicans do not see these terrible shortcomings and are not aware of their tenuous
future as a party.