Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMadame Tussauds unveils new Biden and Harris figures US raises concerns about Russian troop movements to Belarus Putin tests a model for invading Ukraine, outwitting Biden's diplomats MORE would like to see the Republican presidential field have 20 more debates before the GOP nomination contest is over.
"God love them, as my mother would say. I hope they have another 20 debates," Biden said at a fundraiser in Florida Wednesday night according to a White House pool report.
Biden's comments could be seen as another sign of satisfaction by President Obama's reelection campaign with how the Republican presidential primary contest is unfolding. Presumptive nominee Mitt Romney has found himself in an extended fight to win the nomination and has been forced to spend heavily to ward off challenges from former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.)
Biden's comments came roughly 24 hours after the Super Tuesday contests. On Super Tuesday, Santorum was able to score a trio of victories in Tennessee, Oklahoma, and North Dakota and place a close second in the coveted Ohio primary. Meanwhile, Romney won Idaho, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Virginia as well as Ohio. Coming out of the contest, no Republican candidate showed any sign of dropping out of the race.
On Tuesday, Obama was asked at a news conference if he had any response to Romney calling him the "most feckless president since Carter." The president wished the former Massachusetts governor "good luck tonight" in the primary contests.
Newt Gingrich has also voiced interest in more presidential debates going forward, even with the roughly 20 debates the candidates have already participated in. Other candidates have remained mum though. PBS is hosting an upcoming debate in Portland, Oregon on March 19 but it's not clear which of the candidates will attend.
Santorum's campaign told The Hill on Wednesday that the candidate had “no plan for any more debates right now.”