Vice President Biden said Thursday that Republicans "probably would have eaten me alive" if he ran for president this year.

When asked if he thought he would have done a better job than Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHere's who Biden is now considering for budget chief Clinton praises Dolly Parton's cold shoulder top from vaccination: 'Shall we make this a trend?' Trump was unhinged and unchanged at CPAC MORE, Biden speculated that he would have been strongly criticized by his opponents.

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"Oh I don't know, they probably would have eaten me alive, you know? Who knows what would have happened," he said in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper. "I learned how to become popular. Once you're not running for president I mean boom, you're a popular guy out there."

Biden also reflected on the core campaign message for the Democrats during the election season and said that it did not focus enough on working-class families.

"There's been a shift in focus now that we got the car out of the ditch and on the road and running, on really focusing on the real inequities that exist and still exist for working-class, middle-class people who are left behind. And what happened was that wasn't a central part of the campaign moving forward in my view," Biden said.

"I said at the convention when I introduced Hillary and praised her, I said, 'We don't show enough respect to that group that has in fact been left behind,'" he added.

Biden also said that there should be no tension between progressive values and programs that assist the middle class.

"There's a sense in some of our party that, 'Wait a minute, we either have to tone down our progressive point of view and ramp up what we're going to do for working folks or somehow talk less about working folks.' ... There is no conflict in the neighborhoods I come from. None. None at all," he said.
 
Biden considered launching a presidential bid last year, but declined a challenge to Clinton, saying his window of opportunity had closed while he mourned the death of son, Beau.