President Barack Obama has high praise for Vice President Joe Biden. During an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes,” the president claimed that Biden will have a flattering historical legacy but declined to say whether or not he would support his second-in-command in a potential 2016 presidential run.
The Hill reports that Obama, during the “60 Minutes” interview on Oct. 11, was asked if he would support Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The president refused to pick one over the other, but had warm words for his vice president.
“I think Joe will go down as one of the finest vice presidents in history, and one of the more consequential,” Obama says. “I think he has done great work.”
According to The Atlantic, Biden’s responsibilities as vice president have increased exponentially over the course of his seven years in the White House. Washington insiders say Biden has been influential on Obama’s policies towards financial reform, such as making it illegal for banks to make risky trades and the bailout of the auto industry.
The vice president heavily influenced the plans to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama also put Biden in charge of talks with the National Rifle Association to see if there was middle ground to be found on gun legislation.
The Washington Post reports that it was Biden who negotiated with the Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky to avoid the 2013 fiscal cliff, securing a deal hours before the deadline.
Whether or not Biden will run to become the Democratic party’s presidential nominee has been one of the biggest questions of the 2016 election cycle. According to the Independent, the vice president must make his decision before the end of October, given crucial deadlines that need to be met by November.
Biden is not expected to be joining the Democratic presidential debate being held in Las Vegas on Oct. 13. The hosts have nonetheless set aside a podium for him in case he announces his candidacy on the same day, according to ABC News.
The Hill reports that when Obama was asked whether or not his vice president will run, he declined to answer, saying that he will “let Joe make that decision.”