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Biden: ‘I do not want to be asked’ about VP

June 22: Obama supporter, Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) and McCain supporter, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) discuss the vice presidency with NBC’s Brian Williams on “Meet the Press.”

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MR. WILLIAMS: Senator Biden , I don't mean to interrupt.

SEN. BIDEN: No, I understand.

MR. WILLIAMS: You're in the news yourself this past week.

SEN. BIDEN: Uh-oh. What did I do?

MR. WILLIAMS: You interested in the vice presidency ?

SEN. BIDEN: I am not interested in the vice presidency .

MR. WILLIAMS: You're not interested in the vice presidency .

SEN. BIDEN: I'm not interested.

MR. WILLIAMS: MEET THE PRESS , April 29th , 2007 , Tim Russert asks Joe Biden , "You interested in being vice president?" "No, I will not be vice president under any circumstances." But in a different answer, you answered you'd have to say yes. I don't know, so...

SEN. BIDEN: Well, no. The bottom -- look, the -- when I was asked that question, I thought I was still going to be president. Now -- number one, I, I am not interested in being vice president. I've let the candidate know. If the candidate asks me to be vice president, the answer is I got to say yes. But he's not going to ask me. Look, you cannot walk away ...


SEN. BIDEN: ...when your party -- if the party nominee asked him to be vice...

MR. WILLIAMS: Is that a rule out or a rule in?

SEN. BIDEN: No, it -- no, it's -- I don't -- I'm not interested. I'm -- my -- I answer your question honestly.

MR. WILLIAMS: But if asked?

SEN. BIDEN: Unlike most other people, I'm being straight with you. If asked, I will do it. I've made it clear I do not want to be asked.

MR. WILLIAMS: Do not want to be asked. But if asked, the answer, of course, would be yes.

SEN. BIDEN: Of course it would, because the -- if the president -- if the presidential nominee thought I could help him win, am I going to say to the first African-American candidate about to make history in the world that, "No, I will not help you out like you want me to"? Of course, I'm- -I'll say yes.

MR. WILLIAMS: On that note, we will thank both senators who, by the way, are up for re- election in...

SEN. GRAHAM: What, what a country. What a country.

MR. WILLIAMS: ...their respective states. Senator Graham , Senator Biden . Gentlemen , thank you for coming by this Sunday morning.