Speaking today on Good Morning America doing a State of the Union recap, Vice President Biden was asked whether he is considering a challenge to Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic nomination. Biden’s name is usually second or third on the list behind Hillary in nearly every Democratic primary poll and as Vice President, he has an obvious launch pad for highest office.
Report from ABC News:
With the 2016 presidential election season heating up and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton considered the presumptive front-runner for the Democratic nomination if she decides to jump into the race, Vice President Joe Biden is sending a clear message: Don’t count him out.
“Yes, there is a chance,” he would challenge Clinton, Biden told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in an interview on “Good Morning America” today. “But I haven’t made my mind up about that. We’ve got a lot of work to do between now and then. There’s plenty of time.” [Emphasis added]
The vice president described Clinton as a “really competent, capable person and a friend.”
Biden said he didn’t have to make up his mind until this summer about whether to launch another White House bid.
“I think this is wide open on both sides,” he told Stephanopoulos. “Right now my focus is getting implemented what the president talked about last night: to nail down this recovery and get the middle class back in the game.
Interesting that Biden gave himself until summer to decide on whether he’ll launch a campaign. I’m wondering if that is to give Hillary time to either sink or swim in terms being the inevitable candidate to wrap up the nomination. No doubt Biden has the desire to be President, he ran in 1988, but does he want to run against the Clintons?