Biden says he can 'die happy' without being president

By Kristen Butler,
Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Charles Schumer chat. (File/UPI/Chris Kleponis/Pool)
Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Charles Schumer chat. (File/UPI/Chris Kleponis/Pool) | License Photo

What does Joe Biden think of a 2016 run for President?

"I can die a happy man never having been president of the United States of America," Biden said in GQ's newly released profile. "But it doesn’t mean I won’t run."


"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 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."

Speculation has it that if Hillary Clinton runs in 2016, Biden won't, and the article describes him as "a Hillary Clinton away from the White House."

Senator John McCain, who ran against Obama in the 2008 presidential election, said Biden is "unique."

"He's had some role in every major national-security crisis that his nation has faced in the last thirty-five years," McCain said.

"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."


As Biden took the interviewer to locations from his childhood, including his old high school, about twenty giggling girls held up their phones, and the Vice President paused for pictures.

Biden told the students he owed it to Archmere Academy for helping him overcome his stutter. "I used to stutter really badly. Everybody thinks it's funny. And it's not funny. It's not," he said.

"He was, you know, made fun of," said his sister, Valerie Biden Owens. "One guy called him 'Dash,' signed the football to 'dash dash dash Biden,' because it was 'J-J-J-Joe Biden.'"

Now, if Joe Biden becomes President, "the State of the Union speech would be the longest in history," McCain joked.

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