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CNN "CNN Newsroom" - Transcript: Corvettes, Running for President

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BOLDUAN: Can I ask you one fun question about Corvettes?

JOSEPH BIDEN, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Sure you can. Now you hit my sweet spot.

BOLDUAN: I know it's sweet spot. What can I say?

You had a lot of fun earlier this week speaking to the UAW.

BIDEN: I did.

BOLDUAN: Talking about Corvette, talking about going zero to 60 in 3.4 seconds.

BIDEN: That's right, man.

BOLDUAN: That was the one reason you said you would not run for president.

BIDEN: Well --

BOLDUAN: Other than Corvettes, give me another good reason why you shouldn't run.

BIDEN: I can't.

BOLDUAN: Yes?

BIDEN: There may be reasons I don't run but there's no obvious reason for me why I think I should not run.

BOLDUAN: Do you have a timetable?

BIDEN: Probably the realistically a year this summer.

BOLDUAN: Is Dr. Biden onboard?

BIDEN: When I ran the first time, Jill didn't want to run again. Second time, she came to me and said, you got to run. The reason she wanted me to run? Because she was convinced if I ran, we'd end the war in Iran and we have a sounder foreign policy. And she was convinced that if I ran, I would work like hell to make sure the middle class got a fighting chance.

For me, the decision to run or not run is going to be determined by me as to whatever am I the best qualified person to focus on the two things I've spent my whole life on -- give ordinary people a fighting chance to make it and a sound foreign policy that's based on national interest of the United States, where we not only are known for the power of our military, but the power of our example.

I think the future for this country, I know, people think I'm too optimistic, but it is incredible -- so much just within our grasp. It doesn't mean I'm the only guy that can do it. But if no one else I think can, and I think I can, then I'd run. If I don't, I won't.

BOLDUAN: Sounds like a man who is seriously considering. Thank you so much, Mr. Vice President.

BIDEN: Thank you. Appreciate it.

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