Biden Hints at 2016 Presidential Ambitions

by Christopher Freeburn | January 22, 2013 11:50 am

[1]During President Barack Obama’s second-term inauguration ceremonies this weekend, Vice President Joe Biden may have tipped his intentions for four years from now[2] when he accidentally called himself President of the United States, not vice president, ABC News noted.

Biden quickly corrected himself as his audience chuckled. The slip came at the State Society of Iowa’s “First in the Nation Celebration.” Iowa is the first U.S. state to hold caucuses during the presidential primaries.

The vice president appeared at the Latino Inaugural Gala and was sworn in by the Supreme Court’s first Latina Justice Sonia Sotomayor, even moving up the ceremony’s timetable to accommodate Sotomayor’s schedule. Speaking at the gala, he hailed growing Latino influence in the U.S.  Latinos will be a critical demographic in the next presidential campaign, as they were in the 2012 contest.

Of course, Biden’s 2016 fortunes depend heavily on the success of President Obama’s second term. If the economy perks up, he could find himself well-positioned to win the Democrat nomination in four years. But if the economy continues to falter, he may find that other Democrat rivals, including outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will have the edge.

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