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Joe Biden: Hillary Clinton Will Not Affect My Decision To Run For President

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Vice President Joe Biden discussed his rumored 2016 run for the White House on ABC’s "The View” on Tuesday, denying the notion that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s decision to run would negate his own.

“The only reason to run for the 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,” Biden told "The View" co-host Barbara Walters. "Whether she [Hillary Clinton] runs or not will not affect my decision.”

"I have absolutely not said no. I'm as likely to run as to not run," Biden added, after promising Walters that she would be the first to hear his public announcement, if she "sticks around."

Biden, who has indicated that he will make a decision by summer 2015, has dropped several presidential hints in the last month, most recently during a CNN “New Day” interview on Feb. 7.

"There may be reasons I don't run, but there's no obvious reason for me why I think I should not run," Biden told CNN. "There's so much just within our grasp. Doesn't mean I'm the only guy that can do it, but if no one else, I think, can, and I think I can, then I'd run. If I don't, I won't."

Biden was making his fourth appearance on "The View" to encourage viewers to sign up for health insurance under President Barack Obama's new health care law.

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