Jill Biden weighs in on 2016
June 5th, 2012
02:42 PM ET
11 years ago

Jill Biden weighs in on 2016

(CNN) - The wife of Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday did not shoot down the idea of her husband running for president in 2016.

"I don't know whether this is his last campaign," Jill Biden said on NBC's "Today."

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Saying the vice president was focused on his current re-election bid with President Barack Obama, Jill Biden stressed she takes "one campaign at a time."

Asked, however, if she would support her husband of nearly 35 years in a third presidential run, Jill Biden said she always supported him in his White House aspirations.

"Joe would make a great president. I always felt–last time when he ran, I supported him," she said.

While Biden would be 73 in four years, the vice president stirred speculation in October when he left the door open to a 2016 campaign.

"I'll make up my mind on that later," Biden said in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union." "I'm in one of the, probably the best shape I've been in in my life … I'm doing pretty well. I'm enjoying what I'm doing, and as long as I do, I'm going to continue to do it."

Jill Biden on Tuesday also chimed in on the vice president's off-the-cuff demeanor, which sometimes lands him in the headlines, much to the chagrin of the White House.

His most recent major slip-up–a comment supporting same-sex marriage–ultimately snowballed into a big story and forced the president to move up the announcement of his own support for marriage equality. The White House said Biden soon apologized for the snafu.

Asked about the incident Tuesday, Jill Biden said her husband remained on good terms with the president.

"You know, Joe and Barack, you know they've worked this out. They're great, it's fine. Joe speaks from the heart and that's what he did," she said. "That's what I love about him. I know a lot of people aren't used to that with politicians and maybe that's what surprises them."

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Filed under: 2016 • Joe Biden
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. obama victim

    well......I could make some negative comment here about Crazy Joe amd the Dems..but the very idea that C J would be prez is really not worth my ti...................

    June 5, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. Guess What

    and this is news

    June 5, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Stuffit

    Please let this hair plugged gaffer run in 2016. I am sure he will raise lots of money from the corrupt unions and he can then declare the summer of 2016 the summer of prosperity, like he did for 2010 and we can show the world what an idiot the most incompetent, inept, corrupt, union toady president we have ever had, picked as his vice president.

    June 5, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. Richard "BONEHEAD" Cheney

    Biden will not run in 2016.

    June 5, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    The Gaffe-A-Matic as President???? He'd be better than Obama but not much. Pretty much a choice between different size piles of the same dog droppings.

    June 5, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. Real Socialist who is fed up with the fake one I worked to elect

    At the very least, Biden is much more a friend to labor than Obama, and evidently to Gay Rights and social issues, and drawing down the wars... Come to think of it, sounds a lot like the Obama I thought I was voting for, except more experienced and less centrist. I'm in, if only because you've gotta know Biden isn't lying:) If telling uncomfortable truths (with occasional grammatical invention) is his way of sucking up to voters, bring it on.

    Biden- Gillibrand 2016

    June 5, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    We love you, jil, ooe...

    June 5, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. Dean

    As dumb as her husband.

    June 5, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. Expat American

    I like Vice President Biden but I don't think he's eyeing the White House at this point in his political career.

    Would like to see Hillary Clinton run and win in 2016. Would not be suprised to see Joe Biden play a role in her adminstration.

    June 5, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "He'd be better than Obama but not much."

    Yeah, I mean, at least he's white, amirite? What a relief that would be, huh? Pig.

    June 5, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. g

    better than following the republicans back over a cliff

    June 5, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. kel (MARINE) from south carolina

    His mouth would kill any chance of being POTUS. Can't imagine him actually talking to foreign heads of state. He is a joke as VP and should retire and go home to let real politicians run the country. Semper Fi

    June 5, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. Four and The Door

    I'm all for a wife supporting her husband's career and all, but it is clear Joe Biden's capabilities for office probably get overwhelmed with anything more complicated than mayor of a town of 25,000 residents.

    June 5, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. Happy_Days_are_here_again

    2016 – Hillary Clinton and Debbie W S.

    Now theres a winning ticket.

    June 5, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. Nuihc

    @Tom Paine
    @Tom Paine,,,,what name calling? I called no-one any names.
    Your patronising tone is more than enough to qualify. Your "analysis" has all the credibility of astrology. An economic crash does not occur due to policies enacted over 2-4 years, it occurs due to systemic weaknesses in the economy that take decades to build up.
    You are shooting yourself in the foot. I was not "patronising" anything. I simply stated the facts by time. I happen to agree with you about the actual cause being systemic and taking decades to build up. I just hate reading on here when people pick and choose their facts to support their opinions. I hate the left and Obama blaming just Bush for this mess, when in reality it was both sides that have caused it, yes going back decades. Each administration does what it can to "kick the can" down the road while attempting to make themselves not look bad doing it. The truth is the economy of a nation, any nation, is so complex that the politics of most governments only allows bandaids for the problems that arise.

    June 5, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |