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Vice President Biden has not said he will run for president in 2016—but he won’t definitively say no.
In an interview with CNN’s Candy Crowley on CNN’s “State of the Union,” the vice president refused to rule out a race for the White House in 2016 when he turns turn 74. Although some people may cite his age as a problem, they would do well to remember that John McCain was 71 when he ran for president; Reagan was elected when he was almost 70.
When Crowley asked if he had ruled out a run during that election year, Biden stated, I’ll make up my mind on that later.
He then said, I’m in one of the—probably the best—shape I’ve been in my life … I’m doing pretty well. I’m enjoying what I’m doing, and as long as I do, I’m going to continue to do it. And we’ll find out, you know, let’s get the president reelected. My one focus now is getting the President re-elected. Let’s get the president re-elected
Game Change authors John Heilemann and Mark Halperin predicted back in 2010 that Biden would seek the presidency in 2016. They forecast in the new eight-page afterword: Whether Obama wins or loses in his reelection bid, either Biden or Clinton—or the two of them—will find the idea of taking one last shot at the big prize irresistible.
The authors note that both potential candidates will be will the same age as Senator John McCain, who mounted a when he ran in 2008, proved he was a strong political opponent.
Even Fox News concedes that the drama in the GOP debates will probably cost the Republicans the 2012 general election.
All that was missing from Tuesday’s Republican debate was a surprise paternity test. Add that, and you would have had the perfect daytime talk show. Anger, betrayals, savage attacks, shocking confessions and, when Mitt Romney put his hand on Rick Perry’s arm, it looked for a moment it looked like there might even be fisticuffs.
While Power Play holds that tough primaries can produce better nominees, what the Republicans did in Las Vegas wasn’t about deep divisions, but about being too small. At the moment that the persuadable voters of 2012 are just beginning to look at the GOP, what they saw last night looked like a pack of Pekingese squabbling over a bone.
The vice president spent more than 35 years in the Senate before becoming President Obama’s second in command. He ran for president in 1988 and again in 2008. In both years, he dropped out early in the race. Both he and Clinton would be strong contenders for the Democratic nomination.
According to CNN, “Now, from a neutral or liberal perspective, this makes perfect sense” that Biden will seek the presidency. In fact, the scenario that the vice-president will run for office in 2016 should make perfect sense to conservatives, also.
If America does not elect President Obama, many Democrats and Republican pundits feel Mitt Romney will ruin the country.
Opponents may seize on Biden’s remark that his priority is not creating jobs, an opportunity on which Republican candidates seize. Their number one priority is to defeat President Obama at all costs—even if Americans continue to suffer increasing unemployment.
Republicans want to break the President by voting against everything he supports, even issues they supported in the recent past, such as withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan which Bush had in place prior to Obama taking office. The GOP is allowing electoral politics to overtake governing politics. Their determination to beat the president at all costs in the 2012 election may prove their undoing.
The difference between the GOP candidates and Obama is that the president’s goal is to beat the Republicans by growing the economy and creating jobs.