More 2016 speculation for birthday boy Biden
November 20th, 2013
12:05 PM ET
5 months ago

More 2016 speculation for birthday boy Biden

Washington (CNN) - As Vice President Joe Biden marks his 71st birthday Wednesday, speculation over whether he'll make another bid for the White House continues.

On a visit to Panama on Tuesday, Biden was questioned about a possible 2016 presidential run.


As Biden and the country's leader, Ricardo Martinelli, entered the presidential palace, the Vice President told the Panamanian president, who is term-limited, that he looked good, as people running for office never look good.

"You're going to be running next time," Martinelli replied.

According to a White House pool report, Biden chuckled, mildly abashed and quickly said, "Oh, we'll talk about that."

If Biden does make a third run for the Democratic presidential nomination - following bids in 1988 and 2008 - he would be almost 74 on Election Day 2016.

While Biden is the object of some presidential speculation, most of it is focused on whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will run again. All polling suggests Clinton would be the immediate overwhelming frontrunner for the Democratic nomination if she does. Clinton will turn 69 shortly before the next presidential election.

Biden, by the way, received a birthday shout out from his boss.

"Happy birthday to a great @VP," President Barack Obama said in a tweet Wednesday that included a photo of the two men high-fiving on a basketball court.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story


Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Joe Biden • President Obama
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rudy NYC
    I don't anticipate either Biden or Clinton running for 2016. Someone may try to draft Hillary, or urge Joe forward, but I would not exptect wither of them to win the nomination. Age and health will be a significant issue for both of them
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    You addressed this question to me once Rudy in regards to Hillary.
    Hillary is a few years younger than Reagan was when he first ran and won the Presidency. And he went on to serve two terms. So I don't think that age should be an issue for her.
    I haven't heard anything about her health that would put her knock her out of the "good to go" box.
    Haven't worked out the numbers for Biden.
    Is this a personal preference for you perhaps?
    I see Hillary not only running in 2016 but barring something truly scandalous I see her winning.

    November 20, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "Rep. Trey Radel gets probation for cocaine bust"

    It appears he owes Holder a thank you"

    Why? For getting the exact type of punishment that a first time offender would get?
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    Yes but what about all that "he's an elected official and should be held to a higher standard" that folks like you and the changeling Fair like to regurgitate about?

    November 20, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Why? For getting the exact type of punishment that a first time offender would get?"

    Really? You clearly have no idea of the statistics regarding how many first time offenders are sitting in correctional facilities right now...nor their demographic makeup.

    November 20, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. CryBabies

    @Data Driven....He beat Ryan in the debate? Only on the crazy,delusional,wacked-out,horse laugh meter! The guy acted like LSD was flowing through his veins! Somewhat embarrassing at the very least. Funny how people perceive things. That being said, I like Joe but he's not right for the job. Good luck when its over Joe, you've been a loyal server to your voters.

    November 20, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Surely you know all of those lovely comments about him and his age"

    Once again your attempt at a gotcha is entirely broken. The point I was making is that the GOP/Teatrolls engaging in that kind of age-ism is far more damaging to themselves than it is for Dems to do it. No, I'm not saying it makes it right in either situation, nor did I think it was when it came to McCain (alho I have occasionally made tongue-in-cheek posts about him being the old man who yells at clouds etc, from time to time). The GOP/Teatrolls traditionally rely and have to rely on votes from the older population demographic, whereas that's quite as true for the Dems. That makes it more self-damaging for them to go there than it does for the Dems. Surely you know the difference between making that point and somehow trying to endorse the strategy of attacking candidates' ages...oh wait, you don't.

    November 20, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Happy Birthday Joe!
    We love ya'!

    November 20, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. just saying

    Rudy NYC
    Hasn't anyone ever told you that "the compound" and the "CIA annex" were one and the same? Obviously, not.
    -–

    wrong again rudy. compound was used when the lying obama administration didn't want people to think it was a consulate that wasn't properly protected according to state dept. standards, so you just call it something else, refuse to protect it and the people, then stand idly by while they get attack and killed. then call it a phony story and demand what difference does it make.

    November 20, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. DENNA

    Wow! The GOP Tea trolls are in full hate-mode today. Wow. Chill out. When all is said and done, you, like everyone else a nobodies with bogus opinions. I hope ACA, which seems to be working in states with Democratic governors, gets all sorted out. I guess red states are as good a blue states in doing these sorts of things.

    November 20, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. DENNA

    Wow! The GOP Tea trolls are in full hate-mode today. Wow. Chill out. When all is said and done, you, like everyone else a nobodies with bogus opinions. I hope ACA, which seems to be working in states with Democratic governors, gets all sorted out. I guess red states are NOT as good a blue states in doing these sorts of things.

    November 20, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. tom l

    @DMFO
    "Yes but what about all that "he's an elected official and should be held to a higher standard" that folks like you and the changeling Fair like to regurgitate about?"

    You know nothing about me (but I do love how often you like to tell me how/what I feel. But hey, you're a dem and that's your calling. You need to tell other people how to feel, act, buy and need). I could care less if he wants to do drugs. I don't look at a person who recreationally does some drugs as a bad thing at all. And you have proven my point as to why I'm not a repub. I find their "family values" mantra to be garbage especially since so many of them don't live up to that standard.

    November 20, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    just saying

    Rudy NYC
    Hasn't anyone ever told you that "the compound" and the "CIA annex" were one and the same? Obviously, not.
    -–

    wrong again rudy. compound was used when the lying obama administration didn't want people to think it was a consulate that wasn't properly protected according to state dept. standards, so you just call it something else, refuse to protect it and the people, then stand idly by while they get attack and killed. then call it a phony story and demand what difference does it make.
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    Gee, it really sounds like you agreed with me. "...so you just call it something else,>>>" One and the same.

    "Nice try, but you gotcha self."

    November 20, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    Yes, our conservative friends are in full-blown hate mode today. Nothing gets them going more than seeing that the ACA is still the law of the land, and that even GOP Congressmen are now stating there was no coverup in Benghazi, just a horrible case of miscommunication ( not my words, the rep's). It would appear as though they have neglected to start building a case as to why they should be put in back in charge of the very thing they hate and ran into the ground with such a resounding smack only 5 years ago. Never fear though: there is still plenty of time for them to shut the government down again at least 2 more times before the midterms, and I am sure there will be plenty more examples of them lying, plagiarising speeches, getting busted for coke possession, et cetera, before the next election. Can any of you righties explain to me how a tool like Rand Paul thinks he has the right to say who is a real conservative and who is not? BY the way, any thoughts on George Zimmerman, the poster child for the NRA and the gun-huggers? How's your hero now?

    November 20, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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