“We need your muscle, we need to move," Biden told the group. Then, shifting from a deeply serious thought, he made a crack about needing to leave the podium so the labor activists could get to their next appointment, with President Obama.
"If I don’t move, I’ll be demoted to secretary of state or something," he said, as a slow-motion wave of surprised laughter drifted across the room. "That’s a joke! That's a joke. That's a joke."
Of course, that particular punch line could fall a bit flat with his potential 2016 rival: former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Hahahahaha, Joe Biden. "Demoted to Secretary of State." NIIIIIIIIIIIIICE.— BeingSuedByDevinNunes (@LizMair) October 7, 2015
Earlier Wednesday, Clinton herself said that if she faced Biden in the primary, she wouldn't automatically go on the attack. "If he gets in, I will continue speaking positively about him," she told PBS anchor Judy Woodruff.