November 6th, 2012
08:43 AM ET
9 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. jpmichigan

    This is Biden lol moment. He has difficulty remembering where he is at, on a regular basis. It scares me to think if anything happened to Obama, Joker Joe will be at the helm.

    November 6, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  2. Critical Thinking

    I have never seen such a delusional man in my entire life. He doesn't even realize he is the joke of the nation. He truly represents the present day version of the Emperior's New Clothes.

    It will be great to send him off after this election.

    November 6, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  3. Mary

    Well the Demacrates get behind not so presidential types all the time . The media gets them elected!!

    November 6, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  4. Borderless

    That would be comical

    November 6, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  5. Norma Vessels

    The Republicans should be so lucky to have an intelligent man like President Obama, and Vice President Biden! All you who scoff at Mr. Biden for getting mixed up .. you try moving from one city to another, one after another, trying to remember names of people you just met, all the hotels and workers you will try to remember. See how 'confused' you might become!
    As far as the basic intelligence .. the workings of the nation, international happenings, the work that needs to be finished, then you have Mr. Biden there and rock steady! That's what counts .. not if you remember a name, a word thrown into a mass of names and words. Just try.

    November 6, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  6. Gurgyl

    Joe/the best. Obama12.

    November 6, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  7. Enough of Biden

    Forget him............

    November 6, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  8. Russ

    Not in my life time. The Dems would not allow in to run

    November 6, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    The same right wing voices that critical of Joe Biden are many of the same voices that heaped such lavish praise on Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Michelle Bachmann, Donald Trump, and now Mitt Romney.

    November 6, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  10. Expat American

    Let's get through today first!

    November 6, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  11. Jeff from Columbus

    Biden is not right in the head. I mean that quite literally. There's enough evidence of mental instability for even the most diehard Democratic supporters to make that conclusion.

    If Obama is re-elected, hopefully he forces Biden to quietly resign. We can't have Joe Biden one heartbeat away from the presidency.

    November 6, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. akka1234

    I can't stop laughing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a joke...

    November 6, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  13. Joe

    Would love to see a Biden/Christie debate. It would probably come to blows.

    November 6, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  14. Demo

    I don't want Biden for President, I want Hillary

    November 6, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  15. Jim Steele

    A Joe Biden presidency is the only thing that could save the Obama presidency from being the worst in history. Go Jim! (Oh, I mean, Go Joe!)

    November 6, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  16. marineace

    Thanks for the laugh, CNN!

    November 6, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  17. GI Joe

    after today, Ann Romney can finally take the time to get Mutt the mental help he needs. She worries so about his mental health, and I hope they take care of it. Good luck in getting that pathologcal liar back to a normal state. He tires easily, so he will need his rest also.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    November 6, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  18. KEVIN2121961

    Biden is joking around. Get a clue. He has the easiest job in politics being a vice president. He would make a great secretary of state and it would give Hillary a break so she can run for president in 2016. But Biden is having too much fun now being vice president

    November 6, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  19. spencer1989

    This is a joke right? IF he honestly thought he had a real chance of getting elected, then run, It would be a complete disaster for him. Honestly I don't think he would carry a single state no matter who the GOP party had to run against him.

    November 6, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  20. Jason

    The Republican Party is making fun of Joe Biden. What irony, the same party who backed Sara Palin as their vice presidential candidate. The same party who now supports Paul Ryan, a man who's conservative beliefs put women's rights on the back burner. Republicans’, mainly conservatives scare me, keep your bible as the constitution and not allow this country to move forward with science and education, because by all means giving large oil/natural gas companies tax credits and cutting education is the most important step.

    November 6, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  21. J.C.

    I think Biden would do very well protecting the country as President. Any enemy gazing upon the florescent Chiclets in that mouth would be instantly blinded.

    November 6, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  22. vethusbandfather

    I consider Joe and Hillary casualties of this campaign. Neither will have a shot at president after this past year.

    November 6, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. Don Sporns

    Biden _would_ make a great president. Occasional gaffes notwithstanding. He would mangle words once in a while, but wouldn't actually anything crazy like Bush, like, um, attack the wrong country.

    But I would guess that Hilary will beat Biden in 2016, and will go on to win the presidency while the economy is on the upswing.

    November 6, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  24. HankLion

    I side with Rudy NYC and Norma Vessels on this one.
    The only way Biden is getting the dems nod in 2016 is if they foresee a loss in the general election. Sacrifice Biden so Hillary can run in 2020 without a damaged slate.
    Same thing the GOP did in 2008 with McCain/Palin and now again with Romney/Ryan. See how their top talents are safely sitting this one out?

    November 6, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  25. brian

    @Mary – Yeah because dubya was such an eloquent speaker and carried himself so well and looked presidential. Some people need to take the party blinders off once in a while.

    November 6, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
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