"He has asked me to play a more prominent role – not in an administration, in the campaign – meaning would I be more available, would I travel with him occasionally, and I said once he gets the nomination, if he gets the nomination, then I'll do whatever he wants," Mr. Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told The Washington Times yesterday in an interview. "I'll do whatever he asks me to do."And on the prospect of Biden being VP:
Although Mr. Biden joins several of his colleagues on a Democratic dream "short list" of potential vice presidential picks, he said he doesn't want to be considered.
He has not been asked to submit vetting papers, and added that his work for the Democratic campaign doesn't mean he wants the job.
But Mr. Biden added a big caveat, saying instead of being "considered" he would want a "direct discussion face to face with the nominee" to ask, "Am I likely to be picked" if I "pass all those tests in terms of my not having skeletons."
"If you can't look me in the eye and tell me that then ... don't put me through the audition," he said.
But if that offer is made, "You'd have to say yes. I don't know how the hell you'd say no at this historic moment."
And if case you missed this riveting piece of television, Biden got choked up last Friday morning when he appeared on Morning Joe and criticized his old friend John McCain for his ad homin attack. His effective point was made all the more poignant because of his friendship with McCain.
The moment is about 9 minutes into the interview: