Biden's wife slips that he was offered secretary of state job

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Joe Biden might not be getting ready to be sworn-in as vice president tomorrow -- if he had taken Barack Obama up on a different offer.

His wife let it slip to Oprah Winfrey today that Biden had been given his choice of being vice president or secretary of state.

The vice president-elect tried to hush his wife as soon as the words came out of her mouth, with a loud "shhh!" that sent the audience into laughter. The Bidens made a surprise appearance on Winfrey's show, recorded at the Kennedy Center for broadcast today.

Biden says after consulting with his wife, he agreed to the vice presidency, because it would mean more time home with his family.

Biden says he didn't immediately take the vice presidential offer, since he wasn't sure it was the best place for him to serve. He says he agreed after getting some assurances from Obama about his role.

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