WASHINGTON (WNEW) — President Barack Obama would not endorse Vice President Joe Biden for a potential 2016 White House run during a joint interview with CBS News.
“I’ve got somebody who I think will go down as one of the finest vice presidents in history, and he has been a great partner in everything that I do,” Obama told CBS News. “I suspect that there may be other potential candidates for 2016 who have been great friends and allies. I know that we’ve got an extraordinary secretary of state (Hillary Clinton) who did great service for us and worked with me and Joe to help make the country safer.”
Obama stated that he hopes the next president will want to continue some of his policies, but would not want that person to be an extension of his presidency.
“I don’t want to necessarily jam them up. We all are part of this relay race, whether we’re vice presidents, presidents,” Obama told CBS News. “The truth is, is that we build off of what folks have done previously, and in some cases, that includes Republican presidents.”
Obama added: “Whoever the Democratic standard bearer is, is going to be continuing to focus on jobs, making sure that our kids are getting a great education, making sure that we’re rebuilding prosperity from the middle class out in this country – and I am very much interested in making sure that some of the stuff we’ve gotten started continues.”
Biden said he has not decided whether or not to once again run for president.
“If I decide to run, believe me, this will be the first guy I talk to,” Biden told CBS News, pointing to Obama. “But that decision hasn’t been made, for real, and there’s plenty of time to make that. We have a lot of work to do between now and November.”
During a speech last week in San Francisco, Clinton said she was seriously considering about running for president.