Biden: Family will be key factor in '16 decision
Vice President BidenJoe BidenCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Biden pushes back at Democrats on taxes MORE on Thursday said the most important variable as he decides whether to launch a White House bid is how his family would handle the “arduous commitment.”
Speaking at an Atlanta synagogue, the vice president said he’s still deciding whether to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.
“The most relevant factor in my decision is whether my family and I will have the emotional energy to run,” Biden said, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“Some might think that’s not appropriate. Unless I can go to my party and the American people and say I’m able to devote my whole heart and my whole soul to this endeavor, it would not be appropriate,” he added.
“Can I do it? Can my family undertake what is an arduous commitment? … The honest-to-God answer is I just don’t know.”
The Atlanta event was primarily a foreign policy address, as Biden sought to sell listeners on President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.
“I could take a whole evening to speak to this, but this is a good deal,” he said. “And if we walk away from the deal, as some of our critics propose, we’d gain none of the benefits.”
Earlier Thursday, Biden spoke to Jewish leaders in South Florida about the deal and touted his foreign policy bona fides.
“I’ve traveled, as of today, 992,894 miles for the president,” he said in Florida. “I’ve met with virtually every major leader in the world. I know these guys. I know them better than anybody in the administration, because I’ve been hanging around so long.”