Biden: Clinton won't affect my 2016 decision

Greg Nash

Vice President Biden said Wednesday that Hillary Clinton would not be a factor in his decision to run for president in 2016.

Biden said he is confident he would make a good president if runs, but that he had not made a decision either way. 

“No, not directly,” he said on CBS’s “This Morning” when asked whether Clinton’s decision to run would affect his own. 

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“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. 

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.”

Biden said the policy initiatives he has been tasked with, including employment and infrastructure improvement, would be things he would be doing whether he planned to run or not. 

“Well, Jill and I will make that decision later on down the road,” he said, referring to his wife, Jill Biden. “It’s too early to do that right now. I’ve got a job to do in the meantime. And if I do the job well and decide to run for president, it’ll help. If I do the job well and decide not to run for president, it won’t help. And if I don’t run for president, it will all be OK.”

On the separate front of immigration reform, Biden said he had a good discussion with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) while sitting next to him at the State of the Union address. He expressed confidence in seeing movement on immigration. 

“I sat there with Speaker Boehner last night and we talked before the president spoke and I think we are going to be able to get some movement on immigration,” he said.