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Vice President Joe Biden joined the ladies of The View on Tuesday, gifting retiring co-host Barbara Walters with a small present, a kiss and a promise that if she sticks around, he’d reveal his decision about whether he’ll run for president to her.
“I’m not sure that’s a deal I can agree to,” Walters said amid loud applause from the audience.
Earlier, Walters and Biden shared a smooch, with the View co-host wiping her lipstick off his cheek and the vice president joking, “This is the most comfortable couch I’ve ever been on.”
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In all seriousness, Biden, while refusing to confirm or deny whether he plans to throw his hat in the ring in 2016, said that whether presumptive Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton runs won’t affect his decision. But, he added, he truly hasn’t made up his mind and he needs to discuss the decision with his family.
“It’s as likely I run as I don’t run,” he said. “Everything I think I would have to do to be a viable candidate is the same exact thing I should be doing to be the best vice president I can possibly be.”
Biden also insisted that his first priority is ensuring that the Democratic Party wins the House of Representatives and keeps the Senate during the upcoming 2014 midterm elections.
“The only reason to run for president of the United States is if you truly believe you’re in a better position to do what you think is most needed in the country,” he added. “I think my knowledge of foreign policy, my engagement with world leaders, my experience uniquely positions me to follow through on the agenda Barack [Obama] and I have of bringing about world peace in a way that is real and substantive.”
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The vice president also promoted Obamacare, urging the moms of 20-somethings who think they’re invincible to convince their kids to sign up for the health care they probably don’t think they need. He also defended the president’s health program despite its problematic rollout.
“There’s never been any major fundamental change in social policy in America that’s rolled out without trouble,” he said, citing Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Biden also talked about how Obamacare frees people stuck in dead-end jobs that they’re staying in for health insurance to do what they want with their careers and still be covered. He also said that the process of getting the insurance people need is a “life-changing” experience that gives people “peace of mind,” sharing a few anecdotes of people who’ve gotten insurance through the national health exchange.
Biden, who was making his fourth appearance on the show, was there to discuss the Affordable Care Act and the importance of signing up for health insurance through the marketplace before the March 31 enrollment deadline.
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