WASHINGTON -- Vice President
Biden, during a round of morning TV interviews in which he sought to reinforce President
"The only reason a man or woman should run for president -- and I'm sure Hillary views it the exact same way -- is if they think they're better positioned to be able to do what the nation needs at the moment," Biden told "CBS This Morning" when asked if Clinton's plans would affect his.
"In my heart I'm confident that I could make a good president," he said. "I've not made a decision to run, I've not made a decision not to run. In the meantime, I've got a job."
Biden also responded for the first time publicly to
"I think he's a man of integrity as well," Biden said on "Today." But he acknowledged that he and Gates -- who he referred to twice as Bill Gates before correcting himself -- had often held opposing views on foreign policy and national security during the decades when Biden served in the Senate and Gates was at the
"We had a different view on Vietnam. We had a different view on Bosnia. We had a different view on Iran-Contra -- that's one of the reasons I voted against him [to be director of the] CIA. And we had a different view on Afghanistan," he said. "Bob Gates and I disagree on almost every major issue. And I'm very comfortable with my position. I'll let the American public judge who's been right or wrong, Bob Gates or me. And history will judge ultimately who of us was right or wrong."
Promoting the proposals put forth in Obama's speech to a joint session of
"I think you're going to see much more cooperation with Congress this year than in the past five years," he said on NBC.
On CBS, Biden said that before the speech, he and House Speaker
"Last year, the president asked for a move on immigration and in fact everybody said no, it's dead on arrival. This year it looks like we may get something done," Biden said.
He also said pundits were making too much of the fact that Obama's speech did not mention a "path to citizenship" for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country.
"We still think far and away the preferable route to go is citizenship," Biden said. "We don't want two tiers of people in America: those who are legal but not citizens, and citizens. And so what we are saying is, and I said to John last night, pass something. If that's what you're going to pass, pass it. And to use the wonkish term, let the Congress get to conference, let the Congress battle it out to decide what the route is."
The vice president is set to travel to Rochester, N.Y., later Wednesday to discuss job training programs. Obama announced in his speech Tuesday that he had asked Biden to lead a comprehensive review of those federal training programs.