By Mario Trujillo - 01/29/14 11:07 AM EST
Vice President Biden said Wednesday that Hillary Clinton would not be a factor in his decision to run for president in 2016.
“No, not directly,” he said on "CBS This Morning” when asked whether Clinton’s decision to run would affect his own.
“The only reason a man or woman should run for president, and I’m sure Hillary views it the exact same way, is if they think they’re better positioned to be able to do what the nation needs at the moment. And what is the plan that you have for the country.”
Clinton is seen as a favorite for the Democratic nomination in early polling for 2016, and more than 50 members of Congress have already vowed to endorse the former secretary of State, if she decides to enter the race.
However, Biden said he knows he could make a good president as well.
“In my heart, I am confident that I could make a good president,” he said in separate interview on NBC’s “Today" show. “It is a very different decision to decide whether or not to run for president, and there is plenty of time. I have not made a decision to run. I have not made a decision not to run. And in the mean time, I have a job.”