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Biden: No reason not to run in 2016

Vice President Biden said he couldn’t think of a good reason he should not run for president and will likely make a decision in the summer of 2015.

“I can't,” Biden said on CNN. “There may be reasons I don't run. But there is no obvious reason, for me, why I think I should not run.”

To a question about his timeline for a decision, he said: “Probably, realistically a year this summer.”

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Biden said the decision would be based on whether he is the best person qualified to focus on two issues he cares about: helping the middle class and creating a foreign policy, where “we not only are known for the power of our military but the power of our example.”

He described himself as sometimes too optimistic, but said the country has so much just within its reach.

“There is so much that is so much just within our grasp,” he said. “It doesn't mean I am the only guy who can do it. But if no one else, I think, can and I think I can, then I’d run. If I don't, I won't.”

Biden, who has run for the Democratic nomination twice before, said his wife did not want him to run for president again, but later urged him to in 2008, believing he could help end the war in Iraq and help the middle class.  

Biden said it is not universally true that Democratic candidates do not want President Obama to campaign with them. In states Obama and Biden lost during the presidential election, that may be the case, he said.

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