June 23rd, 2008
10:57 AM ET
14 years ago

Biden: I'd say yes to being VP

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(CNN) – Delaware Sen. Joe Biden on Sunday appeared to violate a widely unwritten rule among those with a remote shot at becoming a vice presidential nominee: He actually admitted he would take the job.

"The answer I’ve got to say is yes," the former Democratic presidential candidate said on NBC's "Meet the Press" when asked if he'd be willing to serve as Barack Obama's No. 2.

The frank answer is a sharp departure from the responses of many of those in both parties considered to be in the running for the job, most of whom repeatedly say they are not interested in the position and do not expect to be seriously considered for it. Some, such as Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, have even flatly said they will not serve if asked.

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Speaking on Sunday, Biden added he did not "want to be asked" to serve as vice president. But the six-term senator with a lengthy foreign policy resume said he would not refuse to help his party's presidential nominee in that capacity.

"Of course [I would say yes]," he said. "If the presidential nominee thought I could help him win - am I going to say to the first African-American candidate about to make history in the world that, 'No, I will not help you out like you want me to'? Of course . . . I'll say yes."


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (188 Responses)
  1. chris

    I love Biden!

    Don't know about his skeletons, but seems like a great choice in terms of style, experience, character...

    June 23, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. Annette

    I think Sen. Biden would make a great VP. Whomever, Obama chooses, it must be someone who will help him fend off folks like David Freddoso who will begin starting his attack against Obama as he did with Kerry. Freddoso, a nut head conservative who makes his real meat and potatoes off of scare tactics to the public.

    June 23, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. Debbie,NJ

    McCrazy. McSame doesn't have a clue about what day it is or what war we're fighting or even who we're fighting. He like his buddy doesn't have a clue about gas prices, lost jobs, lost homes or anything else happening in the real world.

    June 23, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. Annette

    think Sen. Biden would make a great VP. Whomever, Obama chooses, it must be someone who will help him fend off folks like David Freddoso who will begin starting his attack against Obama as he did with Kerry. Freddoso, a nut head conservative who makes his real meat and potatoes off of scare tactics to the public

    June 23, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. EDW

    Every decision that Obama has made has been very logical, so whomever he picks will be the perfect pick.

    Obama '08

    June 23, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. Jonathan, Hartford, CT

    Hillary or Harold Ford, Jr.

    June 23, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. richard

    if politicians could only be as honest

    June 23, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. Upon Further Review

    Joe Biden is ready on day one.He knows Foreign Policy and he knows how to slam the neocons in Congress.When Obama picks him ,you will see the rats in Congress head for the hills or retire early.We arent just going to win we are going to beat the snot of them.

    June 23, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. Ted

    Obama/Edwards, Obama/Webb, Obama/Biden, Obama/McCaskill, if it's not McCain, I'll vote for it!

    June 23, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. John Wrightington

    Between Evan Bayh and Joe Biden, there are at least two very credible VP options for Obama who would balance the ticket. Biden is very strong on foreign affairs and our military situation.

    June 23, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Whoever Obama gets, one can only hope he/she has more experience than junior. Of course that won't be hard, since junior declared he was running for President less than one year into his term in the Senate. Enlightened Voter, there you go again. Obama hasn't got ANY foreign policy experience. Where do you keep getting these delusions? Try actually looking at junior's record, or lack thereof.

    June 23, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. demwit

    Biden is old politics and just plain too old to fit into Obama's 'Bob the Builder' theme....

    Can we change it!?
    Yes we can!!

    June 23, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. Rea

    No matter who Obama puts on the ticket, he will never win the election.
    Too radical and too risky.
    I want our country safe and secure.
    Go McCain!

    June 23, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  14. fghfg

    VICE PRESIDENT CLINTON

    June 23, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. Bukky

    YES YES YES...Obama can stay the nice guy. We whole know that biden is good for the country... He makes less than most of the senate. No calling him an elitist. More international experience than being shot down over Vietnam...

    Biden doesnt have the Charisma to be pres... but i cant think of anyone better for vice

    June 23, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  16. rightytighty

    America deserves a hero, not a zero!

    McCain 2008!!

    June 23, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. Obama all the way...

    Way to you Biden! I have always liked you. Now, I like you even more 🙂

    June 23, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. Michael Shea

    Joe Biden was my first choice for president before Obama entered the race. Biden was also my first choice in 1988.

    Biden would shore up the perceived inexperience of Obama on terrorism and national security.

    Biden also appeals to the blue collar voter and would help draw older voters and women.

    Biden is not considered a wild eyed left-winger and has aleays worked well with the other side of the aisle.

    If Biden isn't chosen for VP he should definitely be considered for Secretary of State or Defense.

    June 23, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. john

    Republican 'Swift Boat' tell us what kind the sick people they are !

    June 23, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  20. AT

    Thank you for your willingness to serve your country. Poeple are eagerly awaiting this history-making ticket. I am excited and happy to be alive at this time. God is blessing this nation!

    June 23, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. Donna L

    Saw the interview and as always, Senator Joe was pitch-perfect. I'd rather see him as Secretary of State, but know he will serve as VP if called upon. Thanks, Senator Biden!

    June 23, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. Anonymous

    am I going to say to the first African-American candidate about to make history in the world that, 'No, I will not help you out like you want me to'? Of course . . . I'll say yes."

    What a loudmouthed dingbat! In other words, if a European-American Presidential candidate asked him, he'd say, "No"?

    -Arnold

    June 23, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  23. Noah

    Good choice but not very likely

    Someone With Some Brains 2008!!

    June 23, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  24. JJ in NY

    Great choice ! Of course, anybody but hillary would be a good choice .

    June 23, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  25. Seth in Jacksonville, FL

    Obama will not pick Clinton. There are better candidates out there, and polls (for what they're worth) already indicate he can win in the states she claims he needs to win the White House. So what does she bring, other than baggage and someone to keep an eye on?

    June 23, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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