Obama: Clinton and Biden Would Make 'Outstanding Presidents'
Thursday, December 5, 2013 09:54 PM
By: Cathy Burke
President Barack Obama refused to take sides on who'd be the better standard-bearer for Democrats in 2016, saying his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden would make "outstanding presidents."
“Not a chance I am going there,” Obama told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews during an interview on "Hardball" Thursday.
“Both Hillary and Joe would make outstanding presidents and possess the qualities that are needed."
Biden hasn't ruled out a 2016 run and Clinton hasn't yet made public her intentions about a White House campaign.
Polls show Clinton to be the clear frontrunner among Democratic voters, with Biden in second place.
Obama diplomatically praised both potential rivals, predicting “Biden will go down in history as one of the best vice presidents ever" and Clinton would “go down in history as one of the finest secretaries of state we’ve ever had.”
“They've got different strengths,” the president concluded, "but both of them would be outstanding.”