Vice President Joe Biden said in a recent interview with GQ Magazine he may run for president, saying the decision will lie in how he feels when it's time to make it.
"I can die a happy man never having been president of the United States of America," he told the magazine. "But it doesn't mean I won't run."
Many expect Hillary Clinton, who recently stepped down as Secretary of State, will clear the field if she decides to run for president in 2016, but Biden has never conceded that he's out if she's in.
"The judgment I'll make is, first of all, am I still as full of as much energy as I have now—do I feel this?" he said. "Number two, do I think I'm the best person in the position to move the ball? And, you know, we'll see where the hell I am."
Biden, a former longtime senator with friends on both sides of the aisle, built his career as the 'regular Joe' who proudly commuted from his Delaware home to Washington via Amtrak. And despite his mastery of foreign and domestic policy that earns respect in the Senate and with foreign dignitaries, Biden is also seen as a goof, prone to sticking his foot in his mouth.
During the 2008 Democratic presidential primary campaign, Biden caught flak for his description of his then-opponent, now boss Barack Obama.
"I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy," he said. "I mean, that's a storybook, man."
The GQ story also quotes Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Biden's longtime colleague, calling him the most influential vice president in recent memory.
"Joe Biden doesn't have a mean bone in his body," McCain said. "He's unique from the day he was elected before he was 30 years old. He's unique in that he's had some role in every major national-security crisis that his nation has faced in the last 35 years. I don't know anyone like him in the U.S. Senate. Look at the number of times he's been able to conclude agreements. I would say he's been the most impactful vice president that I've known—certainly in modern times."
Biden has run for president twice before, once in 1988 and again in 2008.