Biden: ‘Of course, I will say yes’ to VP nomination
Joe Biden told Brian Williams that he was not interested in being Barack Obama’s Vice President but said he would say yes to the offer if asked.
WILLIAMS: You’re in the the news yourself this past week. You interested in the vice presidency?
BIDEN: I’m not interested.
WILLIAMS: You’re not.
BIDEN: I’m not interested in it.
WILLIAMS: “Meet the press,” April 29, 2007, Tim Russert asks Joe Biden, you interested in being vice president? No, I will not be Vice President under any circumstances. But in a different answer you answered you would have to say Yes. I don’t know —
BIDEN: Look. When I was asked that question I thought I was still going to be president. I’m not interested in being vice president. I let the candidate know. If the candidate asked me to be vice president is the answer I got to say yes but he’s not going to ask me. You cannot walk away when your party — if the party nominee asks you —
WILLIAMS: Is that a rule out or rule in?
BIDEN: It’s i’m not interested. I answer your question honestly. Unlike most other people I’m being straight with you. If asked i will do it. I made it clear I do not want to be asked.
WILLIAMS: Do not want to be asked but if asked the answer, “of course.”
BIDEN: Of course. Because if the presidential nominee thought I could help him win I’m going to say to the first African-American candidate about to make history in the world that no, I will not help you out? Like you want me to? Of course, I’ll say yes.
This video is from NBC’s Meet the Press, broadcast June 22, 2008.