President Obama says he's sticking to the sidelines when it comes to the 2016 presidential campaign -- but offered tributes to both his vice president and former secretary of state -- two potential Democratic candidates.
"We are tremendously lucky to have an incredible former Secretary of State who couldn’t have served me better, and an incredible vice president who couldn’t– who couldn’t be serving me better," Obama said in the interview with ABC New's This Week. "And I suspect if you asked both of ‘em, they’d say, 'It's way to premature to start talkin' about 2016."
At that point host George Stephanpoulos noted, that Biden, however, was in Iowa - one of the early voting states.
"Well you know, Iowa’s a big state, and he’s an old friend of Tom Harkin's," Obama said, referring to the Iowa senator who hosts an annual steakfry.
Asked if he'd be staying neutral, Obama laughed: "I think – as you pointed out - I just got reelected last year. My focus is on the American people right now. I’ll let you guys worry about the politics."