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Biden jokes about 2016 run with Hillary Rodham Clinton

Vice President Joseph R. Biden joked that he might be interested in running in 2016 paired on a ticket with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

“I think we may run as a team,” Mr. Biden told NBC’s “Meet The Press” when asked to discuss his political future.

“I’m only joking obviously,” Mr. Biden quickly added. “I don’t know. I don’t know whether I’m going to run and Hillary doesn’t know whether she’s going to run.”

Mrs. Clinton, who ran a tight campaign against Mr. Obama in 2008 in a failed bid to win the Democratic nomination, has ruled out any further White House bids.

But Mr. Biden said he was entirely certain that he will be Mr. Obama’s 2012 running mate, despite speculation the president would try to strengthen the ticket’s appeal by choosing Mrs. Clinton instead.

“There is no question about it. There’s no way out. They’ve already printed Obama-Biden” campaign posters, he said. “You are looking at the vice presidential candidate of the United States of America.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports