1. Fmr. Vice President Joe Biden walking out to talk with reporters
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, Fmr. Vice President:
"(Reporter off camera: Are you running? How will you do in 2020 race?) I'm told by the lawyers that I've got to be careful what I say so that I don't start a clock ticking and change my status. But it is--I am very close to making the decision to stand before you all relatively soon. I think....(Reporter: Days, weeks? What's the holdup?)... What's the holdup? Putting everything together man. Putting everything together. Even if I knew for certain that I was going to run for president back in Thanksgiving. My intention in the beginning, if I were to run would be the last person to announce. I and so if I give everyone else their day then I get a shot and then we're off to the races."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, Fmr. Vice President:
(Reporter off camera: With a lack of formal operation this week make your response trickier?) No. (Reporter off camera: Should Herman Cain be disqualified to be on the Federal Reserve?) I would pick someone else."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, Fmr. Vice President:
(Reporter off camera: Mr. Vice President you said two weeks ago that you were the most progressive person in the Democratic Party. There's a lot of candidates in this race?) No. I said liberal. I didn't say progressive. Did I say progressive? Here's the point that's changing too, for my whole career I wish I had been labeled in Delaware the seven times I ran as a moderate. I was never labeled as a moderate. If you look at my record with the ACLU, you look at my record with all of the traditional liberal organizations. I have never walked away from, I'm not I'm not sure when everybody else came out and said they're for gay marriage. I'm not sure when everyone else came out and talked about a lot of the things I've talked about. But my point is, is the definition of progressive now seems to be changing. It is are you a socialist? Well that's a real progressive. Or you believe om you know whatever. So I was talking about up until this last time around, the traditional judgments of whether or not you were quote a liberal was whether or not, what were your positions on race were, on women. What's your position on LGBT community. What your positions on civil liberties. You know I stack my record of those things against anybody who's ever run, who is running now or who will run."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, Fmr. Vice President:
(Reporter off camera: Sir, are you suggesting that the party is moving too far to the left and can you win in a primary?) We will find out whether I can win in a primary. But you know let me say one last thing, here's the deal. I think you guys, if you look at all the polling data and look at the actual results, the party has not moved to the way whatever you want to characterize, whatever characterization you just made. The fact of the matter is, the vast majority of the members of the Democratic Party are still basically liberal to moderate Democrats in the traditional sense. And you look at those, I went into 65, 66, 67 races on the ground. I campaigned, I think for virtually every one of the 41 people who won. Show me the really left, left, left wingers who beat a Republican. A Republican. So the idea the Democratic Party has sort of stood on its head. I don't get, and by the way we should welcome, the party should welcome this, I don't know how you want to characterize it, the progressive left, should be welcomed. We should have a debate about these things. That's not a bad thing. But the idea all of a sudden the Democratic Party woke up and you know everybody asked you know what kind of Democrat. I'm an Obama-Biden Democrat man. And I'm proud of it."
Former Vice President Joe Biden says he's proud to be "an Obama-Biden Democrat" as he considers running for the presidency in 2020.
Biden's comments came Friday after addressing members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers on Friday in Washington.
Biden, 76, is considered the leading moderate in a sprawling Democratic field that has been debating such issues as reparations for slavery, single-payer health care and free college.
"The vast majority of the members of the Democratic Party are still basically liberal to moderate Democrats in the traditional sense," Biden said. As to where he falls on ideological lines, Biden added: "I'm an Obama-Biden Democrat, man. And I'm proud of it."
Still, signs of shifts in feelings in the party have been evident in recent complaints about Biden's history of publicly affectionate behavior with women.
Biden did say the controversy "is going to have to change somewhat how I campaign."
Though he hasn't formally announced, Biden on Friday made clear he's expecting to run again for president, saying lawyers warned him he needs to speak carefully about his intentions but that he expects to "be standing before you all relatively soon."