- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said Tuesday that he plans to make a decision on a presidential run sometime next year and that his current job wouldn’t preclude his developing the organization needed for such an endeavor.

“I honest to God haven’t made up my mind,” Mr. Biden said at the 2014 “Women Rule” summit hosted by Politico. “I don’t see any sense of urgency in making that decision, quite frankly.

“Everything I would do to run for president is what I should be doing to be the best vice president [and] help this administration I can do,” he said. “And I have [a] dual responsibility right now, and I don’t think it’d be appropriate for me, even if I firmly decided to go, to go off and do this full-time now. I mean, there’s a lot of unfinished business.

“But I don’t think that precludes me from running,” he continued. “I’m confident I would be in a position to be able to be competitive, to be able to run a race, to be funded, et cetera, but that’s a decision I’ll make at the end of this spring/early summer, and I think that’s still enough time.”

He said he’s optimistic about the prospects for the United States in the 21st century and that he has experience over the years of being able to bring different sides together.

“But it’s a decision that — what would drive me to do it would be if I thought that I could do it better than anybody else, and I’ve not made that decision yet,” he said. “I’ve not really — we’ve not had that family discussion, either, but there’s plenty of time.”

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is seen as the odds-on favorite for the Democratic nomination in 2016 if she runs. Liberal groups are trying to push Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts into the race as an alternative, though for her part Ms. Warren has said she’s not planning a run. Former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia is actively exploring a bid, and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, are others considering runs as well.

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