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Joe Biden visits Atlanta for lecture, fields question of possible presidential run


ATLANTA -- Vice President Joe Biden spoke to a packed synagogue in Atlanta, Thursday evening, on issues ranging from foreign to domestic policy - while also fielding questions about his potential run for the presidency.

Biden visited to speak at the Fran Eizenstat and Eizenstat Family Annual Lecture at Ahavath Achim in Buckhead at 7:30 p.m. His lecture titled "Challenges Facing the U.S. and the World in the 21st Century" delved into topics including President Barack Obama's Iran nuclear deal the United States' influence in the western hemisphere and its role amid ongoing Middle East conflicts with ISIL.  

Biden addressed the Islamic State and its recruitment but also said that the terrorist organization had lost a third of the territory it had held in the last year.

Conversation also turned to the policies of America itself and "matching our words and our deeds" specifically, fighting against the use of torture. Biden also called for the closure of Guantanamo Bay and an overhaul of America's immigration policy.

Leading the way in addressing climate change and worldwide nuclear disarmament were other major points Biden made during the Atlanta event. 

But the visit also came amidst speculation that Biden is considering a run for president in 2016. At this point, though, it was a question Biden didn't have a definitive answer.

Biden said it comes down to family and their ability - and willingness - to hit the campaign trail.

"Honest to God answer is I just don't know," he said.

But while his decision for the presidency is unsure at this point, his concerns over another president are more definite.

Biden said that Russia is losing power and influence and that Putin is leading the country to "an era of self-immolation." 

The response came after a question about the Ukrainian conflict.