Biden: Don't Ask…But If You Do, I'll Say "Yes"

On Sunday's "Meet The Press," Delaware Sen. Joe Biden gave an interesting response to what has become the question of the season: Would he like to serve as a vice-presidential candidate?

Biden said that he does not want to be offered the job, but if he were asked, he'd have to accept.

"If the presidential nominee thought I could help him win, am I going to say to the first African-American candidate about to make history in the world that, 'No, I will not help you out like you want me to?'" Biden said. "Of course I'll say yes."

Also on Sunday, an article in The New York Times "Week In Review" section drew attention to the fact that former Georgia Senator Sam Nunn's name has been floated as a potential Democratic running mate since 1984. Dubbing him "The Great American Float," the article also points out that Nunn left the senate over 10 years ago and has never even said that he wanted the job, making him symbolic of the guesswork that goes into the VP speculation game.

Meanwhile, CBS News chief political consultant Marc Ambinder reports that in all likelihood, we still have over a month to go before either Obama or McCain names his running mate.

That means there should be plenty of updates to the CBSNews.com VP Hot Sheet, as the standings of potential veeps rise and fall with the news cycle, candidates' statements, and whatever other hints we can glean together.

In the newest issue of the Democratic Hot Sheet, Mike Bloomberg rises in the standings and Chuck Hagel makes it into Obama's top 10.
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    Scott Conroy is a National Political Reporter for RealClearPolitics and a contributor for CBS News.

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