Vice President Joe Biden told the media that he can’t think of a good reason why he shouldn’t run for president.
“There’s no obvious reason for me why I think I should not run,” he said in an interview that aired on CNN’s “New Day” on Friday.
Biden said he will make his final decision in summer 2015 based on whether he is the “best qualified” person to focus on two things: “giving ordinary people a fighting change to make it” and a “sound foreign policy.”
“I think there’s a future for this country. I know people think I am too optimistic. But it is incredible — there’s so much just within our grasp. Doesn’t mean that I’m the only guy that can do it, but if no one else, I think, can, and I think I can, then I will, and if I don’t, I won’t,” he said.
Biden also addressed talk that some incumbent Democrats don’t want the administration getting involved in the midterm elections, saying that he has been invited to more than 128 races thus far.
“There’s some places the president is considerably more popular than I am. There’s some places where I can go in and the president can’t,” he said.
Biden said he is “truly optimistic about this year’s race” because polls show that the majority of the American public agrees with the President and the Democratic Party on the main issues.
“I think we are in the best shape we can be because the American public agrees with us on the issues,” he said.