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Obama not worried about being upstaged by Biden

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  • In this photo released by The White House, President Barack Obama participates in an interview with Robin Roberts of ABC's "Good Morning America," in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Wednesday, May 9, 2012, in Washington. Obama declared his unequivocal support for gay marriage on Wednesday, a historic announcement that gave the polarizing social issue a more prominent role in the 2012 race for the White House.

      In this photo released by The White House, President Barack Obama participates in an interview with Robin Roberts of ABC's "Good Morning America," in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Wednesday, May 9, 2012, in Washington. Obama declared his unequivocal support for gay marriage on Wednesday, a historic announcement that gave the polarizing social issue a more prominent role in the 2012 race for the White House.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says he'd already decided to come out for gay marriage before Vice President Joe Biden publicly endorsed it.

Obama tells ABC in an interview that he wasn't worried about being upstaged by his vice president on the volatile social issue.

At one point, he says, "Would I have preferred to have done this my own way? ... Sure."

But Obama quickly adds, "All's well that ends well."

He tells ABC's Robin Roberts that he "already made a decision to take this position" before Biden made his comments in response to a question asked on a nationally broadcast interview Sunday. Education Secretary Arne Duncan endorsed gay marriage on Monday, two days before Obama's statement.

Obama says he didn't revise his position to achieve any political advantage.

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