- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. demurred Wednesday morning on whether he’s going to run for president in 2016, but said that if he doesn’t, “we’ll all be OK.”

Mr. Biden also said on “CBS This Morning” that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s decision whether or not to run wouldn’t “directly” affect his own.

“Jill and I will make that decision later down the road,” he said. “It’s too early to do that right now — I’ve got a job to do in the meantime, and if I do the job well and decide to run for president, it will help. If I don’t do the job well and decide to run for president, it won’t help. And If I don’t run for president, we’ll all be OK.”

Mr. Biden also defended President Obama’s pledge in Mr. Obama’s State of the Union Address Tuesday evening to use executive action if necessary, saying the president isn’t going to just sit around and wait for Congress if they choose not to act.

“The president will take action where, in fact, he thinks it will spur action,” Mr. Biden said.

He did, however, say Mr. Obama will work with Congress if necessary and predicted more cooperation on Capitol Hill this year.

“He said, ‘I’ll work with the Congress, I want to work with them,’ ” Mr. Biden said on NBC’s “Today.” “I think you’re going to see much more cooperation in the Congress this year than you have the past five years.”

“We’re ready to work with the Congress, and I think we’re going to be able to work; for example — I sat there with Speaker Boehner last night and we talked before the president spoke, and I think we’re going to be able to get some movement on immigration,” Mr. Biden said.