During a stop on his book tour, former Vice President Joe Biden sat down for an interview with Oprah, and the first clips of their interview were released to the public today.
“I have a regret that I am not president,” Biden told the talk show star. “Because I I think there’s so much opportunity. I think America’s so incredibly well-positioned.”
The title of the Biden’s new book, “Promise Me, Dad,” comes directly from the desperate words of his late son Beau Biden, when he was asking if would he would survive as he faced the cancer that eventually cost him his life.
It was the grief caused by losing his eldest son, Biden claims, that stopped him from joining the presidential race, which the Democrats eventually lost to Donald Trump.
“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. I believed I was,” Biden stated.
However, it was the second question that stopped Biden in his tracks.
“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.”
In another shocking clip from the interview, Biden says that he knew, a month out, that Hillary Clinton’s candidacy was doomed to fail.
“A month out, I came back and said, we’re going to lose this election,” Biden said.
In June, Politico reported that Biden had said at a donor conference that he knew a month out that Clinton would lose her pivotal states.
Biden at the time, however, chose not to expressed that publicly.
Deciding instead to campaign furiously for Clinton in those waning weeks.
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