Dr. Jill Biden on Friday said that America missed out when her husband, Vice President Biden, decided against seeking the presidency last year.

“Well, you know, I say every day — I really do feel that Joe would’ve made a great president,” she said on NBC’s “Today." "I think he has the character. I think he’s a convener. I think one of his strengths is compromise.


“And so I feel, you know, America missed an opportunity," Jill Biden added of her husband. "I don’t know. It just wasn’t the right time.”

Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocrats warn GOP will regret Barrett confirmation Trump campaign eyes election night party at his sold-out DC hotel Harris blasts GOP for confirming Amy Coney Barrett: 'We won't forget this' MORE ruled out a third Oval Office bid in October, likely signaling the end of a political career that has spanned four decades.

“Unfortunately, I believe we’re out of time — the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the [Democratic presidential] nomination,” he said in the White House Rose Garden with his wife and President Obama at his side.

Joe Biden spent months wrestling with whether he would enter the Democratic presidential primary after the death of his son, Beau Biden, the former attorney general of Delaware who died last May after battling brain cancer. He was 46.

The vice president cited the short window of time for fundraising and the strength of Bernie SandersBernie SandersObama book excerpt: 'Hard to deny my overconfidence' during early health care discussions Americans have a choice: Socialized medicine or health care freedom Ocasio-Cortez says Democrats must focus on winning White House for Biden MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHouse Judiciary Republicans mockingly tweet 'Happy Birthday' to Hillary Clinton after Barrett confirmation Hillary Clinton tweets 'vote them out' after Senate GOP confirm Barrett CNN: Kayleigh McEnany praised Biden as 'man of the people' in 2015 MORE’s White House campaigns as reasons for remaining on the sidelines. He has since focused his efforts on Obama’s $1 billion “moonshot” for cancer research, rallying support for ending the disease.

Jill Biden on Friday said that her family is looking forward to its newfound freedom from public life, however.

“I think I’ll be glad to leave behind the fact that I haven’t driven a car in eight years. It will be nice having a little bit of independence again."