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Joe Biden Opens Up About 2016 Election (Video)

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Former Vice President Joe Biden opened up about the 2016 presidential election and his own regrets about not running when he spoke with Oprah Winfrey as part of his book tour (video below).

Touring for his new book, "Promise Me, Dad," Biden spoke with Winfrey for the OWN Network about his own thoughts on the election that saw Democrat Hillary Clinton lose to Republican Donald Trump, Daily Mail reports. 

The title of Biden's newest book came from something his son, Beau, said as he was dying from cancer, asking his dad to promise to be OK while he faced the disease. Biden has said that grief from losing his son was what prevented him from running for president in 2016.

"Oprah, no woman or man should announce they are running for president unless they can answer two questions: One, do they truly believe they are the most qualified person for that moment," Biden said. "I believed I was."

"But, was I prepared to be able to give my whole heart, my whole soul and all my attention to the endeavor?" Biden mused. "And I knew I wasn't."

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In one clip, which touched on the loss of his first wife and daughter, Biden recounted a memory of something his mother had told him.

"She said, 'With everything horrible, something good will come if you look hard enough for it,'" recalled the former vice president.

At another point in the interview, Biden said he had known that Clinton would lose to Trump in the election.

"A month out, I came back and said, we're going to lose this election," recalled Biden.

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In his book, Biden wrote that he believed he could have won where Hillary lost.

"My numbers on trustworthiness, honesty, and empathy were as high as they had ever been," wrote Biden. "And I was strongest where the most formidable candidate, Hillary Clinton, was weakest: the key swing states like Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida."

Biden also wrote that former President Barack Obama had "subtly" indicated that Biden should not run against Clinton.

"In January 2015 the president was convinced I could not beat Hillary, and he worried that a long primary fight would split the party and leave the Democratic nominee vulnerable in the general election," wrote Biden in his book. "Barack and I knew, coverage in the West Wing would shift from his agenda to my chances. I also believe he had concluded that Hillary Clinton was almost certain to be the nominee."

In "Promise Me, Dad," the former vice president also touched on how, in October 2015, Politico published a piece entitled, "EXCLUSIVE: Biden himself leaked word of his son's dying wish," after reports that his son had urged Biden to run for president.

"The Politico story exceeded even my worst expectations of what the opposition was going to be like," wrote Biden. "The idea that I would use my son's death to political advantage was sickening."

In the interview with Winfrey, which aired on "Good Morning America" on Nov. 9, Biden talked about regrets he may have had about not running, according to NewsMax.

"I regret that I am not president because I think there is so much opportunity," said Biden. "I think America is so incredibly well-positioned."

"I don't regret the decision I made, because it was right for my family," he added.

Sources: Daily Mail, NewsMax / Featured Image: LBJ Library/Flickr / Embedded Images: Marc Nozell/Flickr, Lance Cpl. Cristian L. Ricardo/U.S. Marine Corps/Wikimedia Commons

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