Biden dismisses not being Obama running mate, evolves on gay marriage

Jeff Poor Media Reporter
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On Sunday’s “Meet the Press” on NBC, Vice President Joe Biden put to rest any speculation that he wouldn’t be on the ticket  for the November election, but not without raising a few eyebrows.

Biden first gave his thoughts on the being on the ticket instead of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, an alternative candidate some have suggested.

“There’s no question about it,” Biden said. “There’s no way out. I mean, they’ve already printed Obama-Biden. You are looking at a vice-presidential candidate for the United States of America.”

Biden said the rumors about his departure from the ticket didn’t annoy him personally. Instead, he said, all the talk annoyed him because it suggested the Obama candidacy was weak.

But Biden then reiterated his position on same-sex marriage — one that differs significantly from President’s Barack Obama’s official position on the matter.

“I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men and women marrying one another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties,” Biden said. “Frankly, I don’t see much of a distinction beyond that.”

Biden went on to credit the so-called “social culture,” which he said included television shows like “Will & Grace,” for making same-sex marriage more acceptable.

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