Biden says he could 'die a happy man' never being president
July 18th, 2013
08:48 AM ET
9 years ago

Biden says he could 'die a happy man' never being president

(CNN) – The Oval Office is still in Vice President Joe Biden's sight – though if he never makes it to the top job it won't be the end of the world.

"I can die a happy man never having been president of the United States of America. But it doesn't mean I won't run," Biden said in an interview with GQ magazine that was published online Thursday.

The vice president and former longtime senator from Delaware has long been the subject of speculation about another presidential run. He made unsuccessful bids for the Democratic nomination in 1988 and 2008.

The 2016 chatter on the Democratic side has mostly focused on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and whether fellow Democrats would challenge her for the party's presidential slot should she choose to run.

In the GQ interview, Biden says his decision will come down to his energy level and his own perception of how he can advance the national discussion.

"The judgment I'll make is, first of all, am I still as full of as much energy as I have now-do I feel this? Number two, do I think I'm the best person in the position to move the ball? And, you know, we'll see where the hell I am," he said.

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  1. Fair is Fair

    Looks like you're going to die a happy man, Biden.

    July 18, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  2. Ldrhawke could I

    July 18, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Good. He should NOT ever be President.

    July 18, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  4. M.A.P.

    Oh good, he's finally starting to accept that the people prefer Hilary, even if the Republicans run the most expensve smear campaign in US history. Go Hilary 2016!! You have my vote!

    July 18, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  5. jpmichigan

    Run all you want, you will be wasting good money, for the choice has been made HILLARY CLINTON>

    July 18, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  6. Sniffit

    "“Why is it that working Americans have to suffer the financial burdens of an overreaching government-run health care system while the same consequences for big business are delayed a year?” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor asked on the House floor."

    Why? It's simple, you vicious, smug little partisan moron. The business end of it can be delayed without creating systemic problems for the law and its implementation, but to delay the individual mandate would introduce adverse selection into the of the very problems it is designed to fix and which is one of the greatest causes of the previously skyrocketing health care and insurance costs. The result would be a lessening of the legislation's effect on that skyrocketing cost, which is precisely why the GOP/Teatrolls want to play this game of trying to stall it. That way, they can point at numbers that have NOT been effected by the ACA yet, pretend that they have actually been affected by the ACA and say "see, it's not working!" It's more of their 'break gov't to prove it's broken" game. It's also just a continuation of what they've been doing already: pointing at numbers not yet affected by the ACA, because the vast majority of it goes into affect in 2014 and hasn't begun to influence the market, and claiming that it's not working.

    July 18, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  7. AnnoyedByPolitcs

    the rest of us would too...

    July 18, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  8. Dar

    At least Joe knows his fate and admits it.

    July 18, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    @Fair The Rueters article posted today, titled "Texas governor set to sign restrictive new abortion law" does not say what you claim it says at all. In fact, it is nearly, word for word, identical to this one, which makes no mention of exceptions at all. The closest that the article comes to the exception topic is this.

    "Texas will join 12 other states which have passed bans on abortion after 20 weeks, citing controversial research that a fetus feels pain by that stage. North Dakota and Arkansas have gone further, banning abortion as early as six and 12 weeks respectively. The current limit for abortions in Texas is 26 weeks.

    But supporters of the Texas law say technology for treating premature babies has resulted in survival at earlier stages of gestation. They say that the government has a compelling right to protect the fetus as early as 20 weeks."

    Sorry, Fair. Your claim is totally false. The Texas law is an outright ban. Your problem is that you claim to support exceptions after 20 weeks, which you use an excuse to support the law. The TX law doesn't have an exception clause, which means that you should oppose it. Now you're stuck with no way out. You've made arguments that say you should oppose it.

    July 18, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. Babyboomer

    I really like VP Biden but I think most Dems. would really like to see Hillary Clinton run and win the Presidency. However, if for any reason she does not run, I would certainly prefer VP Biden over any Republican candidate they put up. Even Chris Christie...

    July 18, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |