Biden would have run if he thought he could have won
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Vice President Biden says in a new interview that he would have run for president if he thought he could have won.

“I’ll be very blunt. If I thought we could’ve put together the campaign that — that our supporters deserve and our contributors deserve, I’ll — I would have gone ahead and done it,” Biden said on “60 Minutes” late Sunday.


The interview is the first the vice president has given since announcing his decision not to run for the Democratic presidential nomination last week.

Biden had been mulling whether to enter the White House race for several months but said the process of grieving after the death of his son, Beau, in May closed the window on his chance to launch a presidential campaign.

“Look, dealing with the loss of Beau, any parent listening who’s lost a child knows that you can’t — it doesn’t follow schedules of primaries and caucuses and contributors and the like,” Biden said.

“You and everybody grieves at a different pace.”

Biden said rumors that his son asked him to run for president on his death bed are not true.

“Beau all along thought that I should run and I could win,” Biden said. “But there was not what was sort of made out as kind of this Hollywood-esque thing that at the last minute Beau grabbed my hand and said, ‘Dad, you’ve got to run,’ like, win this one for the Gipper.

“It wasn’t anything like that.”

His wife, Dr. Jill Biden, sat in on part of the interview and said she was urging him to run.

She said she was afraid all of their work would be undone if Democrats lost the White House in 2016.

“What about education? What about community colleges?” she said. “I felt like we were — everything we worked so hard for in this administration, you know, could all — could just all change.”

The vice president said he felt ready to run toward the end of the summer but noted that the grieving process has many ups and downs and some days were better than others.

Biden, who has unsuccessfully run for president twice before, said he will not seek political office again in the future.

“No, no. I can do so much more, I believe,” he said. “I hope I leave office in — as a respected figure who can convene people and bring people together.”

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