Aides say Biden sees his role as Obama's 'adviser in chief'

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Washington, Nov 5 : Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. sees his role in Barack Obama's Administration as "adviser in chief," using his decades of experience in the Senate to offer the new US President candid input on domestic and foreign policy issues, his aides have said.

But Biden, a twice-failed presidential candidate, will not use the post in a way many vice presidents have: To make a play for the Oval Office. He has said publicly that he does not intend to run for the presidency again, the Washington Post reported.

Although Vice President Cheney has performed a similar role in the Bush Administration, advising the president on key issues, meeting with congressional leaders and eschewing his own presidential run, Biden intends to operate differently.

In the vice presidential debate last month, Biden called Cheney "the most dangerous vice president we've had probably in American history," and criticized Cheney for excessive secrecy and holding too much power in the Bush White House.

"There will be cc's and not bcc's," said Antony Blinken, a top Biden adviser, referring to the practice in the current administration in which Cheney aides receive e-mails on key matters, but without other recipients knowing the vice president's staff is involved. "There is not going to be a shadow operation."

Biden aides said the senator from Delaware does not intend to take on a defining issue, as Al Gore sought to do with his "reinventing government" initiative, which aimed to improve the efficiency of the federal bureaucracy.

Biden's team says such a project distracts from a vice president's ability to serve as a general adviser to the president, the Post said.

Biden plans to spend much of his time working with his former congressional colleagues, possibly attending some of the weekly lunches hosted by Senate Democrats, looking to gain support from key lawmakers before Obama officially announces proposals to the public so he is aware of concerns from both Democrats and Republicans before they become major problems.

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