Vice President Joe Biden can only think of one reason not to run for president in 2016: He wouldn't be able to drive Corvettes. That's it. We went ahead and thought of several others.
Biden's remarks came during an interview with CNN's Kate Bolduan. Riffing off of Biden's comments at a gathering of the United Auto Workers, Bolduan brought up those Corvettes and Biden's excitement about their acceleration. (Zero to 60 in 3.4 seconds? "That's right, man!") Biden said he was otherwise ready to go, and would decide at some point next year whether or not he'd actually run. And that would depend on whether or not he was "the best qualified person" to address his life's two main issues: giving "ordinary people a fighting chance to make it" and "sound foreign policy" where the U.S. is known "not only for power of our military, but the power of our example."
Well, we don't mean to rain on Biden's drag race to victory, but it's obviously not that simple.
History is against him.
In the past century or so, seven former vice presidents have become president. Which sounds good in the abstract. But in reality, it's daunting. Only George H. W. Bush was elected to replace the man under whom he served. That's it. One. Richard Nixon became president years after leaving the White House. And Presidents Ford, Johnson, Truman, Coolidge, and Teddy Roosevelt all stepped up after the president died or was killed in office.