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WASHINGTON (AFP) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden raised the possibility of a fresh tilt at the White House in 2016 in an interview with GQ magazine published on Thursday.

The 70-year-old former senator, who has already made two unsuccessful bids for the presidency in 1988 and 2008, suggested he could run for the Democratic nomination if his health allowed it.

“I can die a happy man never having been president of the United States of America,” he told GQ. “But it doesn’t mean I won’t run.”

President Barack Obama chose Biden as his running mate after winning the epic battle for the Democratic nomination in 2008.

The former Delaware senator, who will be 74 by the time of the next presidential election, said his “energy” would be a key factor in any decision to run.

“The judgment I’ll make is, first of all, am I still as full of as much energy as I have now – do I feel this?” Biden said.

“Number two, do I think I’m the best person in the position to move the ball? And, you know, we’ll see where the hell I am.”

If Biden made a successful bid for the presidency, he would be the oldest first-term occupant of the White House.

Ronald Reagan was 69 years old when he took office, and was 73 when he was re-elected four years later.

Biden could also face a challenge from Hillary Clinton, Obama’s closest rival in the 2008 nomination battle who is being heavily tipped as a possible candidate.

Photo Credit: AFP/Saul Loeb

Donald Trump Jr.

Screenshot from Twitter

You've probably heard about Donald Trump's claim that his Democratic rival got "a big fat se onhot in the ass" before delivering a nearly perfect performance on a recently televised town hall. Or his more recent demand that Joe Biden get a "drug test" before their debate on Tuesday night. Having spent months lowering expectations for Biden, the Trumps are now busily defaming him as a junkie.

But that particular slur backfired spectacularly over the weekend when the Trump campaign posted a bizarre video of Don Jr. -- seemingly in a condition that called for rehab services. As his father might put it, "many people are saying" that the presidential spud looked and sounded like someone abusing a controlled substance. (His slurred message was disturbed too, something about an "army of able-bodied men and women" to intimidate voters).

It's both funny and sad to watch Don Jr. decompensate on Twitter. (More funny, though.)

Click and judge his condition for yourself.