TODAY | January 27, 2013
>>> week since president obama was sworn in for his second term. already, there is chatter about the race for president in 2016 . peter alexander is at the white house with more. good morning.
>> reporter: good morning, erica. i am guessing your fingers and toes are still thawing out from last week's inauguration day . already, the chatter has turned to 2016 . among democrats, it has been conventional wisdom that if hillary clinton decides to run, it is her race. there are now new indications that vice president, joe biden , may be considering a presidential bid of his own.
>> i barack hussein obama do solemnly swear.
>> it was barack obama 's day but at times, it sure looked like joe biden 's moment, waving, jogging, smiling. were those the first steps of the 2016 run. at least one report says he is intoxicated by the idea. this slip only fueled more chatter.
>> reporter: i am proud to be president of the united states but i am prouder to be --
>> it could be a rematch of sorts. the number twos vying for number one.
>> i feel really very great.
>> biden enjoying bipartisan praise for helping washington dodge the fiscal cliff versus paul ryan . on saturday, mitt romney 's old running mate warned republicans to pick their battles during the president's second term insisting mr. obama would try to divide the party.
>> we can't get rattled. we won't play the villain in his moreality plays. we have to stay united. we have to show that if given the chance, we can govern. we have better ideas.
>> on the democratic side, if hillary clinton decides to run, she would be the early favorite. with the president lavishing her with praise on this weeks "60 minutes."
>> i want the country to appreciate what an extraordinary role she has played during the course of my administration and a lot of the successes we have had internationally have been because of her hard work.
>> governor's andrew cuomo and maryland's martin o'malley are betting their ambitious efforts on gun control could propel presidential bids. the republican field is up in the air.
>> american cannot afford four more years with this.
>> after parting ways with fox news, a source close to sarah palin says she will be expanding her voice in the national discussion and hasn't shut any doors. new jersey governor, chris christie has friending facebook founder, mark zuckerberg .
>> only 1386 days left to go. not that anybody is keeping track.
>> david gregory is moderator of "meet the press."
>> good morning, erica. we just heard paul ryan . who is on your show today. saying republicans need to avoid being stamped as vil ans. we heard louisiana governor , bobby jindal , saying republicans have to stop being the stupid party. do you envision the message being different in 2016 for the represent ta republicans.
>> what paul ryan is alluding to is a deeply held view among republican leaders that the president is not done with re-election. that he wants to achieve political conquest over the republican party . that's been said publicly and privately. i think he is also talking about the need for republicans to make some gains incrementally and constructively and not allow the democrats and the president to paint them into a corner. even over the budget fights, you have seen republicans fair so poorly politically. that's the hole they have to climb out of. what i think is prominent in terms of 2016 , still, two visions of what government ought to do and the performance of the economy that will dictate where these debates go. as peter alexander just mentioned, hillary clinton is the early favorite. that rare interview she and president obama sat down forgave us a peak into their relationship and how things have seemingly changed in the last few years between them. is that a surprise looking at where we started in 2008 ?
>> on the face of it, it is a surprise. they have evolved, people close to secretary clinton have talked about this kind of interesting relationship that has developed. it has certainly been very constructive. they are happy to make a public show of it. those of us that cover the ins and outs of this will look at it in the the 2016 contest, wondering if vice president isn't so happy that the big interview he does to begin his second term is not with him but the outgoing secretary of state. those questions will be raised. i think the point that's interesting to me. if you look at the coalition of voters that president obama put together for his second term, they seem to be voting blocs that could naturally flow to hillary clinton as the nominee, particularly as a historic nominee if she is able to become the first woman president. it is important to point out as much as we fixate on 2016 , these decisions still are some ways off. there really is the business of governing right now that's taking the primary role.
>> which a lot of people would like to see happen