Joe Biden revealed how he feels about his decision to not run for president (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
AP Photo/Mel Evans

Former Vice President Joe Biden regrets his decision to not run for president in 2016.

During a speech at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., Biden said that he believed he “could have won:”

I had planned on running for president, and although it would have been a very difficult primary, I think I could have won. I don’t know, maybe not. But I thought I could have won. […] I had a lot of data, and I was fairly confident that if I were the Democratic Party’s nominee, I had a better than even chance of being president.

He later added: “But do I regret not being president? Yes. I was the best qualified.”

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However, he does not regret the time that he spent with his son, Beau Biden, who died of brain cancer in 2015.

In September 2016, Biden revealed that he had planned on running for president, but after his son was diagnosed with cancer in 2014, part of his “soul was gone.”

“And no man or woman should run unless they are capable of giving every ounce,” he said. “I wasn’t healthy enough to pour my whole heart and soul into the effort.”

Biden said earlier this year that he had no plans to run for president in 2020.

Elizabeth Vale is a contributor for Rare.
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