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Biden Says Chance of 2016 Presidential Run is 50/50

Vice President Joe Biden said there's a 50/50 chance he’ll run for president in 2016, and that his decision won't be affected by whether Hillary Clinton also enters the race.

During an appearance on "The View," the 71-year-old vice president said his experience since 2009 "uniquely positions me to follow through on the agenda Barack and I have."

"Three years is four lifetimes in a presidential campaign," Biden said, adding that his wife Jill was "supportive" of him. "I absolutely have not said 'no.' It's as likely I run as I don't run. I just truly haven't made up my mind."

Biden is regarded as a potential favorite among Democrats for a presidential nominee in 2016 -- but only if Clinton opts against seeking the nomination. Already, a number of Democratic operatives (including alumni of the Obama campaigns) have begun organizing the infrastructure of a Clinton campaign in 2016.

The vice president emphasized that he hadn't sworn off running for president should Clinton jump in the race.

"Whether she runs or not will not affect my decision," he said.

Biden additionally joked that he'd give retiring journalist Barbara Walters the exclusive on his future plans if she stayed on television.

"Tell you what. I'll make you a deal: If you stick around, I will announce my decision with you," Biden joked.

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