Biden to Make Decision About 2016 this Summer

Feb 13, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden says he’ll decide whether or not he’s running for president in 2016 in the coming months.Biden made a trip to Iowa Thursday, known for its first in the nation caucuses where many presidential campaigns start.

Biden speaks with Des Moines mother Stephanie Peters about her children's experience with Head Start. Biden made an unannounced stop at Smokey Row Coffee.
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  The Vice President flew to Des Moines to talk to students at Drake University about the administration’s education policies. He also visited Ankeny-based Des Moines Area Community College to talk about the president’s plan for free tuition. He says the trip is not about testing the 2016 waters.

"That’s a family personal decision that I’m going to make sometime at the end of the summer,” Biden says. “In the meantime though, this is about convincing the public and in turn some of our Republican friends that what we’re proposing in the budget is a continuation of the stuff that works. It actually works.”

Biden is the first potential Democratic presidential candidate to make a stop in Iowa since the start of the year. Meanwhile, a stream of potential GOP contenders has been making stops here. Presumed Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton has yet to make an appearance in Iowa this year.

But newly elected Iowa Democratic Party chair Andy McGuire says Iowa will be competitive for all Democrats interested in running for president.

“I think this early it’s really hard to tell. I think back on 2008 we certainly didn’t know then how things would turn out or we would have been wrong had we predicted," McGuire says. "I think it’ll be more competitive than people think."

Video by Clay Masters