Joe Biden said Wednesday there is one compelling reason he may not run for president in 2016.
“Everybody wants to know whether or not I’m going to run for president. There’s a lot of reasons to run for president, but there’s one overwhelming reason not to run for president,” Biden told the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America conference in Washington, D.C., according to CNN. “I’d like to get that [Corvette] Z06 from zero to 60 in 3.4 seconds.”
Though a joke, Biden’s statement reinforces the satirical caricature The Onion newspaper has created of the vice president. In a series of humorous articles, The Onion has painted Biden as “part dirtball metal-head guy, part creepy uncle,” in the words of The Onion’s Chad Nackers.
In one of its satirical news stories on Biden, the vice president is seen washing a Trans Am in the White House driveway.
“Taking advantage of the warm spring weather Monday, Vice President Joe Biden parked his 1981 Trans Am in the White House driveway, removed his undershirt, and spent a leisurely afternoon washing the muscle car and drinking beer,” the story opens.
But Biden’s real obstacle in running for president is not corvette-related. It is Hillary Clinton-related.
According to a recent Washington Post-ABC poll, Clinton holds a commanding lead over her other potential 2016 opponents, including Biden. Seventy-three percent of respondents who said they leaned Democrat indicated they would support Clinton, compared to just 12 percent for Biden, who came in second place.