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Obama calls Joe Biden 'one of the finest vice presidents in history,' but doesn't endorse

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President Obama during a joint interview with Vice President Joe Biden praised his No. 2, but didn't endorse him ahead of a possible 2016 White House run.

Obama said that Biden would "go down as one of the finest vice presidents in history and he has been as I said … a great partner in everything that I do,” in an interview aired Thursday on "CBS This Morning."

“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, referencing Hillary Clinton, who has also said that she is weighing a 2016 run.

Biden has said he will make a decision likely next year. Polls show him well behind Clinton, though, for the Democratic nomination.

In the interview, Biden said that his possible run would not affect his ability to work with Obama, adding that there was “nothing that he would do differently” ahead of his decision.

Obama said he hoped that the Democratic standard bearer would continue his policies, but sidestepped a question about whether he hoped his successor’s agenda would constitute a “third term.”

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

“I don't necessarily want to jam them up,” he added. “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.

“That's the beauty of our democracy, it keeps on evolving, and I'm sure that 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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