Rolling Stone Interviewer: Biden's Serious About 2016
Douglas Brinkley thinks a run makes sense, whatever Hillary Clinton does
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2013 4:23 PM CDT
Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Columbia, SC, on May 3.   (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)

(Newser) Rolling Stone is out with an interview of Joe Biden in which the VP talks about everything from gun laws (he's confident on background checks), his relationship with President Obama (close—"I spend an average of four to five hours a day with him, every single day") to book recommendations (River of Doubt, by Candice Millard). But what about that other issue, the one involving the 2016 presidential race? Interviewer Douglas Brinkley assesses:

  • "My takeaway from my one-hour White House interview with Joe Biden is that he must be considering a presidential run. There will be too much Obama-era unfinished business—implementing the Affordable Care Act, fighting for climate-change initiatives, for example—for Biden to throw in the towel."

And what about Hillary Clinton? Don't discount Biden's chances, writes Brinkley. She would rout him among women, but "it's not inconceivable to think that labor unions, environmentalists, African-Americans, LGBT voters and small-business owners will prefer the hypercaffeinated, hard-charging vice president." In some sense, Clinton would be running as a successor to her husband, but Biden would be a successor to Obama, "promising to expand on the record of his last two terms." Click to read the full interview.

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May 13, 2013 8:26 PM CDT
give me a break! give me a break! break me off a piece of ......anything but Biden.
May 11, 2013 4:08 PM CDT
Here is part of the problem after one joint and serious consideration, and although this problem is most accelerated in the US, it's not only in the US, but the UK, Aus and many other Western democracies. One would expect in the governing at federal and state levels, a constant governance punctuated by elections. However what we have now, and this story is a clear example, are countries in a constant election cycle punctuated by occasional governance . It's 2013 and you guys are already talking 2016. Your primaries seem to start at the 2 year mark of a term and from then on, the word election is never far for the lips of the talking heads and chattering classes. It's not about governance anymore. Immediately after an election is won, all the players, both elected and not, already have their heads in the next cycle. This mentality must stop !! They seem to just squander their terms in constant election mode. For what it's worth. And you can call me.......................Mr Joshua
May 11, 2013 6:32 AM CDT
Biden for President? Ask yourself this question, would I buy a used car from this guy? If the answer is 'no' don't vote for him. If the answer is 'yes'.........well I hope you like lemonaid.