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08/23/2013 04:49 pm ET

The GOP Is Pretty Sure Joe Biden Is Running For President (VIDEO)

The RNC released a new web ad on Friday, offering a prebuttal to what they have deemed the Joe "Biden 2016 Kickoff Tour." Republicans apparently believe the vice president will start laying the groundwork for a forthcoming presidential campaign on Friday, when he is set to appear with President Barack Obama in Biden's hometown of Scranton, Pa.

“Biden is finding it even harder to conceal his own presidential ambitions,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a release. “And with the president appearing at Biden’s side, it looks like there’s at least two leading presidential candidates running for the Obama third term.”

The ad goes on to warn of the dangers of "four more years of the Obama/Biden" economy, which in reality would be seven more years, considering it's only 2013.

Despite efforts by Biden's office to downplay the possibility of another White House run, the vice president has stoked chatter about higher ambitions.

Biden, 70, will head to Iowa next month to attend a high-profile fundraiser for Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). He also has plans to visit New Hampshire, South Carolina and Michigan. Some see his travel schedule as an effort to make inroads in key primary states.

"I can die a happy man never having been President of the United States of America," Biden told GQ in a July interview. “But it doesn't mean I won't run.”

Biden's ultimate decision could be swayed by whether or not former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton decides to run again. She has also been careful not to tip her hand with regards to a possible White House bid.

In the meantime, Republicans seem happy to attack both Biden and Clinton, just in case they do end up running. Earlier this month, the RNC launched a web ad jabbing Clinton over her testimony during congressional hearings on the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya.

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