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President Barack Obama Talks Possible 2016 Presidential Runs of Vice President Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton

First Posted: Jul 22, 2014 10:48 AM EDT
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President Barack Obama recently said that current Vice President Joe Biden would make a great successor as U.S. president.

"[Biden] has seen the job up close, he knows what the job entails," Obama said in an interview with The New Yorker for its July 28 issue. "He understands how to separate what's really important from what's less important."

The president also acknowledged that Biden already knows who's who in Washington, D.C.

"I think he's got great people skills," Obama said. "He enjoys politics, and he's got important relationships up on the Hill [in Congress] that would serve him well."

Biden got quite the endorsement from the current commandor in chief.

"Joe would be a superb president," Obama said.

The president does not know, however, if Biden will actually be interested in running for the position in the upcoming 2016 elections. Obama is also unsure about Hillary Clinton, who ran for the Democratic Party nomination in 2008 (and lost to Obama) and served as Obama's U.S. Secretary of State.

"For both Joe and for Hillary, they've already accomplished an awful lot in their lives," Obama said. "The question is, do they, at this phase in their lives, want to go through the pretty undignifying process of running all over again?"

According to Reuters, Clinton, 66, is ahead of Biden, 71, in "most opinion polls" by "huge margins." She has been elusive during her "Hard Choices" book tour when asked about whether or not she will make a presidential run. Meanwhile, Biden has reportedly said that he will decide on running for president in November after the congressional elections.

"For all my skepticism about taking the job [of vice president], it's been the most worthwhile thing I've ever done in my life," Biden told The New Yorker. "I can die a happy man not being president."

Obama expressed his gratitude over Biden taking "the job."

"You have to have that fire in the belly, which is a question that only Joe can answer himself," the president said.

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