It’s Never Too Early — Biden Already Talking About 2016

Elections start early, we all know that.  But this early?

Via Politico:

Vice President Joe Biden surprised a gathering of donors in Cincinnati last week when he floated the prospect of his succeeding President Barack Obama in the White House.

Biden, who started in the Senate young and would be just 70 in 2012, raised the possibility unprompted during a wide-ranging conversation at the May 19 dinner with major Democratic Party donors, a source in the room said. 

The Vice President, who has never ruled in or out running in six years, told the group he hadn’t made up his mind, and cited both political conditions and his own health as relevant factors. 

But the spontaneous suggestion caught the attention of at least some in the audience, said the guest, “given he volunteered that without prompting … and given the audience.”

It’s been obvious for a while that we’ve been moving into a perpetual political cycle, and that candidates are setting their sights on offices earlier and earlier.  But six years is a long, long cycle.

Biden may be pushing the envelope on already setting out feelers, but he’s really hardly alone.  The only thing likely stopping any Republican candidates from doing the same is the fact that it would be an admission that President Obama is likely to be reelected.  That, and maybe a fear that someone would try to recruit them for the 2012 election instead.

But there’s another yikes factor in Biden already testing the waters — alerting donors both shows the length that a presidential run could likely extend and how much money these races will continue to cost.  The earlier you are gathering donors, the more expensive a run is going to be.   When politicians said they wanted to create more jobs, did they really just mean in the political field?

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donald baumgartner

Patrica S: I have an idea; lets get rid of that Consttutional Amendment that says a POTUS can only serve two terms & OBAMA CAN RUN FOR A 3RD TERM!!

Patricia S.
Pat S6 years ago

What a joke biden would be in 2016, with all of the stupid comments he makes now as V.P>?

Anita R.
Anita R6 years ago

He's thinking about running for President when he's 76 and would be 80 by the end of his first term? Surely the Democrats have younger blood coming up?

donald baumgartner


Past Member
Past Member 6 years ago

sorry joe cannot stay awake long enough :)

Christopher S.
Christopher S6 years ago

SuzeO: I hate to disappoint you with reality, but Obama and his administration weren't "self-appointed." They were elected by a majority of the American people, and they will be again, in 2012.

susan twentyeight
Past Member 6 years ago

Biden was foisted on us as a foreign-policy Hawk to placate neocon swing voters (wait - they don't make those, guess the DNC THEMSELVES are neocons who weren't comfy with Obama's antiwar base!).

But to those thinking Hillary woulda ended our oil/currency wars in the middle east.. uhhh... no. Unless you think cheap oil and dollar hegemony are reason to commit mass murder, in which case Go Hillary, and good riddance to that pesky antiwar Mike Gravel!

Sharon H.
Sharon H6 years ago

I'm with you Donald. I wanted Hilary to win the nomination in 2008 and was sad when she said she will not be running in 2016.
I'm hoping that Debbie Wasserman Shultz or Alan Grayson will run.

donald baumgartner


Suze O.
Suze Q6 years ago

Biden in a bid for president, hilarious.... the country needs to get rid of this current administration and its self-appointed thugs, it is damaging this country beyong repair.