Vice President Joe Biden says he “would have been the ideal president” if he had mounted a productive campaign in the 2016 election, but that forgoing the race was the correct choice for his family members.
Speaking with “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts in an exclusive interview that aired right now, Biden stated he had planned to run but changed course only after his eldest son Beau died final May.
“No one particular need to ever seek the presidency unless they're in a position to devote their whole heart and soul and passion into just doing that,” he said. “And, Beau was my soul. I just wasn't ready to be in a position to do that. But, so, my one regret is my Beau's not here. I don't have any other regrets.”
For months final year the query of irrespective of whether Biden would run loomed over the Democratic presidential contest. Then in October he announced that he and his household had been nevertheless dealing with the grief over Beau’s death and he would not seek the presidency.
Beau Biden died in Could 2015 at the age of 46 right after a battling brain cancer for years.
The vice president’s comments came during an interview with Roberts about his “Cancer Moon Shot” initiative, which aims to accelerate the effort to strengthen treatments for cancer and to possibly uncover a cure.
“It's type of bittersweet,” Biden told Roberts of his part leading the administration’s fight against the illness that took his son. “But this is -- this enables me to pour all my energies into -- undertaking somethin' that -- hopefully will -- five years from now if -- someone's diagnosed with what my Beau was diagnosed with, they -- they reside.”
His decision final year not to run was viewed as a boost to Hillary Clinton’s run for the Democratic Party’s nomination.
Biden has not endorsed either Clinton or Sen. Bernie Sanders, her opponent in the major, but he stated he thinks Clinton will be the nominee.
“I feel confident that Hillary will be the nominee," Biden said, "and I feel confident she’ll be the subsequent president."
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