Joe Biden stayed out of 2016 race because he knew he couldn’t win: ‘I wouldn’t run against Hillary’
In an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes on Sunday, Vice President Joe Biden explained his decision not to enter the Democratic presidential race by saying that he knew he would only lose the race to former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Biden spoke about his family’s grief over the loss of his son Beau and how the process of grieving “doesn’t follow schedules of primaries and caucuses and contributors and the like.”
60 Minutes’ Norah O’Donnell asked the vice president — who appeared alongside his wife, Dr. Jill Biden — whether he chose not to run because he knew that he wouldn’t win.
“Couldn’t win,” Biden said. “I’ll be very blunt. If I thought we could’ve put together the campaign that our supporters deserve and our contributors deserved, I would have gone ahead and done it.”
He continued, “I’ve said from the beginning, look, I like Hillary. Hillary and I get along together. The only reason to run is because I still think I could do a better job than anybody else could do. That’s the reason to run.”
However, he said, “I wouldn’t run against Hillary.”
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