Vice President Joe Biden spent 36 years as a U.S. Senator (see Joe Biden profile)
before becoming Vice President. Joe Biden's Senate career included
chairmanships of the Judiciary and the Foreign Relations committees, as well as
failed presidential runs in 1988 and 2008.
Joe Biden is well-spoken and had extensive exposure to
foreign policy issues, which is one of the reasons why
chose him as his running mate in 2008. But foreign policy exposure is different
from foreign policy judgment, and Joe Biden isn't known for providing intellectual leadership on foreign
If Joe Biden runs for the presidency again in 2016, he will be 74 years
and most likely will
be deemed too old.
Should he defy his age and run, our rating of his presidential candidacy will
D, principally for his anti-life positions and lackluster
intellectual leadership, including on foreign policy matters.