Biden Jokes He Might Run for Office -- In India

By Susan Jones | July 25, 2013 | 10:01 AM EDT

Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

( - Vice President Joe Biden, visiting the stock exchange in Mumbai, India on Wednesday, said he's heard he may be related to someone in India.

"And so I was thinking about it -- if that's true, I might run here in India for office. (Laughter.) I might be qualified. But I've never followed up on it. But now that I'm back for the multiple times, I'm going to follow up to find out whether there is a Biden and whether we're related. I hope he's in good standing if we are," Biden said, prompting more laughter.

Biden said he learned of his possible relative when he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972, when he was 29 years old:

"[A]nd one of the first letters I received -- and I regret I never followed up on it, maybe some genealogist in audience can follow up for me -- but I received a letter from a gentleman named Biden -- Biden, my name -- from Mumbai, asserting that we were related.  Seriously. Suggesting that our mutual, great, great, great, something or other worked for the East India Trading Company back in the 1700s and came to Mumbai."

In his lengthy speech, Biden also talked about U.S.-India common interests, including clean energy and climate change.