Should Joe Biden Run for President in 2016?

Could the vice president beat out Hillary Clinton for the top spot on the Democratic ticket?

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Vice President Joe Biden has been subtly hinting that this won't be his last four years in the White House: Biden is reportedly weighing a presidential bid in 2016.

After casting his vote in the presidential election last November, Biden said, "I don't think so," when asked if that would be the last time he'd vote for himself in an election. According to advisers, Biden does indeed want his name atop the Democratic presidential ticket. One Democrat close to the White House said Biden is "intoxicated" by the idea of running for president.

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The vice president's actions during the 2012 race too indicated his campaigning career wouldn't end with Obama's re-election in November. Biden had a heavy hand in fundraising for the campaign, and requested campaign trips to early primary states like Iowa and New Hampshire. He also held an event on Sunday at his home with over 200 Democrats, and the guest list convinced some attendees the event wasn't really to look back on 2012, but rather to set the stage for a run in 2016.

The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza says Biden's actions recently, like stopping by the Iowa State Society's Inaugural Ball on Saturday, weren't accidental:

Politicians very rarely do things by accident and you can bet someone who has been in the game for as long as Joe Biden knows exactly what he is doing. And what is that? Ensuring that any other politician looking at the race—or any donor or activist beginning to mull who they should support—knows that the contest runs through Biden.

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Biden has run for president before, but dropped out of the race in both 1988 and 2008.

Some Democrats say the decision may not actually be up to the vice president: Hillary Clinton has yet to announce if she'll be running for president in 2016. The former first lady and former New York senator ran in 2008 but lost the Democratic primary to Barack Obama. Clinton is stepping down from her secretary of state post for Obama's second term, and she hasn't publicly ruled out a run for president. In a Washington Post/ABC poll, Clinton beat out Biden in terms of favorability, 67 percent to 48 percent. She is immensely popular especially among younger voters.

One source close to both the vice president and secretary of state said it isn't likely they'll challenge one another for the Democratic nomination:

They're both going to build up teams and see how it goes … One of them will fade away, as it becomes more obvious which one of them should be the standard-bearer for the Obama legacy. I can't see them both announcing for president. But both of them will have teams that try to get to that.

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