Jan. 29, 2014 at 8:12 AM ET
Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday he has yet to decide whether he will make a run for the White House in 2016.
“In my heart, I’m confident that I could make a good president,” he told TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie, before emphasizing he doesn’t plan to make the call any time soon. "It’s a very different decision to decide whether or not to run for president."
“There’s plenty of time to do that. I’ve not made a decision to run and I’ve not made a decision not to run,” he said.
Instead, Biden said he must first focus on his current role aiding President Obama improve employment rates and other administration priorities.
“They are the very things I’d be doing whether I was running for president or not running for president,” he said.
Biden spoke the morning after the president delivered a State of the Union address noted for his determination to get specific goals accomplished with or without the help of Congress.
Biden said Obama is not distancing himself from Congress, but just explaining that there are other ways to get the job done. He cited as an example the way numerous states have raised the minimum wage without congressional approval.
“We’re ready to work with the Congress" on numerous issues, Biden said, noting and conversation he and House Speaker John Boehner had before the president's speech. "I think we’re going to be able to get some movement on immigration."
Biden also addressed security concerns over the upcoming Winter Games in Sochi, saying the Russians are "using every tool at their disposal” to keep the event safe.
He encouraged Americans heading to Sochi to follow travel advisory guidelines issued by the State Department.
“I remember right after 9-11, remember all the concern about the games in Athens and whether or not the Greek government was fully cooperating,” he said. “I think it’s just a state of play these days, when major, major international events are staged.”
Biden said he feels confident about security efforts and would even feel comfortable if his own family members attended the Games.
“Sure I’d send my own family, with the same caveats, to make sure they were vigilant, make sure they kept their eyes open, register with the State Department and pay very much attention to their surroundings,” he said.
Biden also addressed criticism laid upon him by Robert Gates in a new memoir written by the former defense secretary. Gates asserted that Biden has been wrong on numerous foreign policy issues over the past several decades.
“Bob Gates and I have disagreed on almost every major foreign policy since Vietnam,” Biden said. They also differed on Bosnia, Iran-contra, Afghanistan and numerous other foreign policy policies.
“I’ll let the American public judge who’s been right or wrong, Bob gates or me, and history will judge ultimately who was right or wrong, but he’s a fine man,” he said.