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article imageSpeculation continues: Joe Biden planning 2016 presidential run

By Leigh Goessl     Nov 6, 2012 in Politics
Vice President Joe Biden has been alluding to a potential future candidacy and on the U.S. Election Day 2012, he further hinted that voters may see his name on future ballots.
Last week, the vice president made a casual remark about running for president in 2016 which sent the web buzzing. The comment was made at an unscheduled stop in a Florida restaurant. Biden was chatting with a female voter who wanted a picture taken with him so she could show her "Republican brother". Biden instead suggested she call him.
As he spoke on the woman's cellphone to her brother about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), or also commonly known as "Obamacare", Biden said, as aides were trying to pull him away to continue his campaigning, “Look, I’m not trying to talk you into voting for me, I just wanted to say hi to you. And after it's all over, when your insurance rates go down, then you’ll vote for me in 2016.”
This comment led to much speculation of "will he or won't he" in 2016.
When asked in Wisconsin about his comment, Biden reportedly said, “Oh no, I am going to stick as vice president." Biden then turned to face the press and said, “Y’all hear that, press?”
Today, Biden further fueled the speculation over a potential presidential run in four years, but did not say so. After he cast a ballot for himself at the Alexis I. DuPont High School in Greenville, Del., reported CNN, Biden was in Cleveland, Ohio later in the day where a woman asked him about his "future aspirations".
CNN reported she'd asked, "After Obama wins this election are you going to run?"
Biden said, "Oh, I'm going to go back home and run for county council."
At this time Biden is definitely not confirming any potential higher office ambitions, but the spark is there. Chances are he would not confirm even if this was his plan as he said last week he planned to focus on one election at a time. If he did run, this would be his third bid for the presidency, having made two earlier attempts in 1988 and 2008.
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