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Joe Biden: 'Nothing I would do differently' ahead of 2016 decision

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Vice President Joe Biden said that a possible 2016 run for the White House wouldn't change his ability to work with President Obama over the remainder of the second term.

“There is nothing I would do differently, if I absolutely knew I wasn't going to run or I absolutely knew I was,” said Biden alongside President Obama in a joint interview aired on "CBS This Morning" on Thursday.

The vice president has said he is weighing a potential 2016 run and will make a decision likely next year.

“There's nothing I would I would do differently over the next 7, 8, 10 months,” Biden added, saying that both he and Obama had a “very important job to do” and were focused on their agenda and the upcoming midterm elections.

“If I decide to run, believe me, this'll be the first guy I talk to,” said Biden of the president. “But that decision hasn't been made for real, and there's plenty of time to make them. We have a lot of work to do between now and November.”

Poll show former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has also said she will consider a run, to be the clear frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.

Obama declined to endorse Biden during the interview, staying neutral in the race, but praised him as someone who will go down as one of the “finest vice presidents in history.”

“I suspect that there may be other potential candidates for 2016 who have been great friends and allies. I know that we've got an extraordinary secretary of state who did great service for us and worked with me and Joe to help make the country safer,” said Obama.

“I am very much interested in making sure that some of the stuff we've gotten started continues I am very much interested in making sure that some of the stuff we've gotten started continues,” he added.

Obama was asked if he saw a successor carrying his agenda into a “third term.”

“I don't necessarily want to jam them up. We all are part of this relay race whether we're vice presidents, presidents, the truth is we build off of what folks have done previously and some cases that includes Republican presidents,” he said.

“There are going to be some things that, whoever the next president is, want to continue, there are going to be some things that they're going to want to do differently, but the trajectory is hopefully going to be one in which we're broadening opportunity for every American,” said Obama.

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