Biden said he hoped younger Kennedys would pursue elected office when asked during an appearance on NBC this morning whether a Kennedy family member should succeed the late senator.

"They have so much talent," Biden said, referencing his having spent time with many members of the Kennedy family while attending the funeral of Eunice Kennedy Shriver. "There are some remarkable young women and men in that family who are totally, thoroughly capable of being United States Senator, and governor."

"I hope some of them decide that elected public office is a battlefield they want to compete in," the vice president added.

Many Kennedys have pursued public life, from Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) and onetime Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (D) to California First Lady Maria Shriver.

Some Kennedy relatives have been discussed as potential heirs to Ted Kennedy's senate seat, including his widow, Vicky, and former Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II (D-Mass.), the senator's eldest son.