Biden pines for 2012 election, 'hopefully' against Trump

Vice President Joe Biden joked Tuesday that he hopes it's real estate mogul Donald Trump representing Republicans atop the GOP's 2012 ticket.

Biden said that he and President Obama are gearing up for a reelection fight that will highlight the differences between their administration and Republican counterparts.

And perhaps based on a sense that he and Obama would match up favorably against Trump, Biden said he hoped the host of NBC's "The Apprentice" would be the nominee.

“The Republicans this time are totally, and I don’t mean this in a pejorative sense, are out of the closet," Biden said at a fundraiser in Cleveland for Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown (D), according to a pool report. "They are laying out for the first time what they are for and how they think they are going to deal with the problem. That’s a debate I can hardly wait for – hopefully with Donald Trump.”

Obama himself dodged a question last week in an interview with ABC News about his own opinions of Trump, who has climbed in polls of Republican voters' preference in a presidential candidate, driven in part by his media presence and questioning of Obama's birthplace.

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