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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 to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE told The New York Times in an interview published Tuesday that he was not sure he could have beaten Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump 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.”

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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 ClintonBiden to name longtime aide Blinken as secretary of State: report Understanding mixed results in Pennsylvania key to future elections What's behind the divisions over Biden's secretary of Labor? 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.