Biden: I'm 'Not Closing Door' on 2016
But says, 'let's get the president re-elected' first
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2011 12:18 PM CDT

(Newser) – As if we weren't knee-deep enough in the 2012 race, CNN's Candy Crowley decided to plunge straight into speculation about 2016 today, asking Joe Biden about his post-Obama political ambitions in an interview that's getting some notice. "I'm not closing that door," Biden said of another presidential run. "I'll make up my mind on that later. Let's get the president reelected. [But] I'm not closing that door."

Asked if he was qualified to hold the Oval Office, Biden responded: "I would not have run for president in the first place and the president wouldn't have picked me if he didn't think I could do the job." Biden turns 69 next month, which would put him turning a not-so-sprightly 74 around the time of the 2016 election.