Joe Biden: Whether Hillary Runs or Not ‘Won’t Affect’ My Decision


Vice President Joe Biden declined to announce his 2016 presidential bid on the premiere of Late Night with Seth Meyers Monday night, and it wasn’t because he was saving it for The View. But when Biden sat down on that show Tuesday morning, he did give a few hints about his political aspirations.

Biden corrected host Barbara Walters, who suggested he has said he will not run for president if Hillary Clinton puts her hat in the ring. “Whether she runs or not will not affect my decision,” Biden insisted, saying the “only reason to run for the president of the United States is if you truly believe you’re in a better position to do what you think is best for the country.”

While he was not ready to make the announcement yet, Biden did joke that he would make it on The View if Walters decides to “stick around” instead of retiring as she is scheduled to do this summer. “I’m not sure that’s a good idea,” she told him. “It’s very flattering.”

“I absolutely have not said no. It’s as likely that I’ll run as I don’t run. I just truly haven’t made up my mind yet,” Biden said before the show went to commercial. He added, “The good news is, everything I think I’ll have to do to be a viable candidate is the same exact thing I should be doing to be the best vice president I could possibly be.”

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