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Could Biden be a serious contender in 2016?

"The goofy Uncle Veep persona that follows (Joe) Biden around like a stray dog, largely thanks to his garrulousness and occasional slips of the tongue, could not be further from the reality of the role this seasoned Washington insider is playing," wrote David Rothkopf, who contends that Biden is the most influential vice president in U.S. history. What's more, "insiders say that Biden, who would be 74 come the 2016 election, is intent on succeeding Obama in the Oval Office."