November 6th, 2012
08:43 AM ET
10 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. Norman

    Obviously Joe Biden never listened to advice given by his Mom. "Joe...stop playing with yourself. You'll lose your eyesight."

    November 6, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. smartaz

    The only way it would be a close race is if the Republicans ran McCain again.

    November 6, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. BoFo

    Hopefully, by 2016, Biden will be institutionalized somewhere.

    November 6, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. Tim

    Barack Obama 2009-2016
    Hillary Clinton 2017-2024
    Elizabeth Warren 2025-2032

    November 6, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. Jerrell

    It will be like Mondale vs. Reagan all over again.

    November 6, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  6. asdf

    As a life long progressive democrat even I have to say forget about Joe. We have had enough unwinnable candidates nominated over the years as it is.

    November 6, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. Kevin

    Joe, love you dude, but your role is to bring the keg to the company picnic, nothing more.

    November 6, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Biden meant to say he will come back to vote for himself today, again.

    November 6, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  9. Identifying The TRUTH

    It Dosn't Matter Who Win, The Bilderburg and Trilateral Commision run it!!!!! So Does the Rockefellers and CFR. This whole Election is an Illusion to make the peope feel like they have a SAY. But The Puppet is PRE-DETERMINED. Give your Life TO JESUS CHRIST Because the BEGINNING of the END starts Today!!!!!! FYI OBAMA IS HAND PICK TO CARRY OUT THE AGENDA!!! GOD BLESS!!!!!

    November 6, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
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