Vice President Joe Biden has revealed that he had fully intended to run for the presidency in 2016 until the untimely passing of his son, Beau Biden. He then officially ruled out a presidential bid in October 2015 (video below).
Biden told ABC News’ “Good Morning America” on its May 11 show that he had indeed been considering running to succeed current President Barack Obama.
“I think I would have been the best president, but it was the right thing not just for my family -- for me,” Biden said when explaining why he decided not to run.
On Oct. 21, 2015, Biden announced from the White House Rose Garden that he would not be entering the Democratic primary, according to CNBC.
“As my family and I have worked through the grieving process, I’ve said all along what I’ve said time and again to others, that it may very well be that that process, by the time we get through it, closes the window on mounting a realistic campaign for president,” Biden said, with President Obama by his side.
“I’ve concluded it has closed,” the vice president added.
Reflecting on his decision to exit the race, Biden asserts that his plans to mount a presidential campaign had been derailed in May 2015, when his 46-year-old son Beau succumbed to brain cancer.
“No one should ever seek the presidency unless they’re able to devote their whole heart and soul and passion into just doing that,” Biden said. “And, Beau was my soul. I just wasn’t ready to be able to do that. But, so, my one regret is my Beau’s not here. I don’t have any other regrets.”
Instead, the vice president will focus on his Cancer Moon Shot initiative after he leaves office. Assigned to him by President Obama, the initiative is an effort to aggressively find a cure for cancer.
Biden believes that the initiative “allows me to pour all my energies into — doing somethin’ that — hopefully will — five years from now if — someone is diagnosed with what my Beau was diagnosed with, they — they live.”
Biden has not officially endorsed either of the Democratic presidential candidates, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. However, he does predict that Clinton will win both the nomination and the presidency.
While Biden has closed the door on the possibility of becoming president, he jokingly kept the possibility open of becoming a candidate’s future running mate, CNN reports.
On May 4, during a meeting with Central American leaders, the vice president was asked what he thought about Donald Trump becoming the presumptive Republican nominee.
“I anticipate he’ll ask me to be vice president,” Biden quipped.