Biden says to decide next year if to run for U.S. presidency

WASHINGTON Fri Feb 7, 2014 7:39am EST

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden waves to the crowd as he leaves after delivering his speech at Yonsei University in Seoul December 6, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden waves to the crowd as he leaves after delivering his speech at Yonsei University in Seoul December 6, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Joe Biden said he will decide by the summer of 2015 if he will make a third run for the U.S. presidency.

"There may be reasons I don't run but there's no obvious reason for me why I think I should not run," Biden said in an interview aired on Friday on CNN's "New Day" program.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the early front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, with a 61 percentage point lead over Biden in a Washington Post-ABC News poll last month. Clinton has not announced if she will run.

Biden, 71, who represented Delaware in the Senate for 36 years before becoming vice president in 2009, first sought the Democratic nomination in 1988 but left the race amid accusations he plagiarized a speech by a British parliamentarian.

He ran again in 2008 but dropped out in January of that year and took the No. 2 spot on the ticket with eventual winner Barack Obama.

Asked in the CNN interview when he would made a decision on a 2016 campaign, Biden said, "Realistically, a year this summer."

"For me, the decision to run or not run is going to be determined by me as to whether I am the best qualified person to focus on the two things I've spent my whole life on - giving ordinary people a fighting chance to make it and a sound foreign policy that's based on rational interests of the United States," he said.

(Reporting by Bill Trott; Editing by Sofina Mirza-Reid)

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Comments (13)
willich6 wrote:
It doesn’t matter what he does or when he decides – this clown doesn’t have a chance with Billary and Warren in the mix.. He ought to just save face and start his memoirs – it will be a short book.

Feb 07, 2014 9:11am EST  --  Report as abuse
User21 wrote:
I look forward to seeing what Biden decides on doing,

yet, it is scary on what is going on behind the scenes, as I just read the memo/email written by Ruth Madrigal (who ‘I’ believe now is a confirmed antipolist based off of its contents),

people are being targeted based on their political affiliation, very very scary!!!!

Feb 07, 2014 10:52am EST  --  Report as abuse
Bighammerman wrote:
The only place Biden is going is home. He willl never be president and that’s a GOOD thing.

Feb 07, 2014 10:57am EST  --  Report as abuse
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