Biden on beating Trump in 2016: 'I don't know' if I could have

Biden on beating Trump in 2016: 'I don't know' if I could have
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden: Buttigieg 'doesn't have significant black support even in his own city' Biden: 'I'd add' Warren to my list of potential VP picks How can top Democrats run the economy with no business skill? MORE told The New York Times in an interview published Tuesday that he was not sure he could have beaten Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades MORE had he ran for president in 2016.

“I don’t know,” he told the outlet in June.

“Everybody says that. But look, I don’t know. You’ve got to be in the game. I thought Hillary [Clinton] would have made a good president.”


After his eight years as former President Obama's second-in-command, Biden had been floated as a potential candidate to represent the Democratic Party ahead of the 2016 election.

He ultimately decided not to run after his son Beau Biden died on May 30, 2015, of brain cancer.

Early on this election cycle, his son's death still weighed on Joe Biden's decision whether to purse the presidency.

“The family was fragile after Beau passing away," he told the Times in October, months before launching his campaign.

Trump defeated former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWill the Horowitz report split the baby? Gabbard commemorates John Lennon's passing by singing 'Imagine' Bannon: Clinton waiting to enter 2020 race and 'save the Democratic Party from Michael Bloomberg' MORE in 2016 by 304 to 227 Electoral College votes, although Clinton received more votes overall in the popular vote.

Biden is the current front-runner among 2020 Democratic contenders, but has seen his lead in polls slip in the last month after the first round of primary debates.