Vice President BidenJoe BidenSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Did President Biden institute a vaccine mandate for only half the nation's teachers? Democrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms MORE isn’t dropping any hints about a possible bid for the White House in 2016.
Asked on Tuesday whether he will run for president, Biden joked to Wall Street Journal's White House correspondent Carol Lee, “Only if you’re my running mate.”
It is the first time Biden has publicly addressed growing speculation he could challenge Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation MORE.
Asked Biden as he left Oval if he's going to run for prez, and he quipped 'Only if you're my running mate' pic.twitter.com/arlqU4HwdO— Carol Lee (@carol_e_lee) August 4, 2015
News reports last weekend sparked a fresh round of talk that Biden may run. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote that Biden was seriously weighing a run because his son Beau Biden urged him to do so in the days before he passed away.
But Biden, 72, would face serious obstacles if he enters the presidential race. Clinton has a major fundraising and polling advantage over her Democratic rivals and her campaign has scooped up many of the top operatives and donors in the party.
Vice President Biden’s sister, who has led all of his past political campaigns, said Monday that she has not spoken to her brother about a run for the White House next year.
“I have not had a single conversation with him about it,” Valerie Biden Owens told The News Journal of Delaware on Monday.
Biden’s comments came after a meeting in the Oval Office between President Obama and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The two discussed the Iran nuclear agreement and an upcoming summit in Paris on global climate change, among other issues.
A reporter asked Obama what he thinks about Biden running for president, but he did not give an answer. Instead, he smiled and gave a slight bow.