In a moving interview with comedian Stephen Colbert on Thursday night, Vice President Joe Biden suggested he is not yet emotionally prepared to run for president in 2016, as he is still reeling from the death of his son earlier this summer.
“I don’t think any man or woman should run for president unless, number one, they know exactly why they would want to be president and, number two, they can look at folks out there and say, ‘I promise you, you have my whole heart, my whole soul, my energy, and my passion to do this,'” Biden told the Colbert, who recently took the helm of on CBS’ “The Late Show” from longtime host David Letterman.
Stephen Colbert talks with Vice President Joe Biden. John Paul Filo / CBS
“And I’d be lying if I said that I knew I was there,” Biden continued.
Biden, who has run for president twice, has been taking a closer-than-expected look at a 2016 presidential bid against front-runner Hillary Clinton, whose poll numbers have slumped under the weight of controversy over the private email server she used as secretary of state. The vice president has been calling allies and Democratic donors as he feels out a bid.
But Biden has also said he and his family may not be up to the challenge in light of the death of his son, Beau, from cancer in late May. Aides to the vice president say his feelings and grieving vary day to day.
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Biden told Colbert that “nobody has a right in my view to seek that [presidency] unless they’re willing to give it 110 percent.”
“And I am — as I said I’m optimistic, I’m positive about where we’re going,” Biden continued. “But I find myself — you understand it — sometimes it just overwhelms you.”
The vice president went on to recount a recent visit to a military base in Denver where he met a group of military families. “And all of a sudden — it’s going great — and a guy in the back yells ‘Major Beau Biden, Bronze Star, sir, served with him in Iraq.’ And all of a sudden I lost it,” Biden said. “How could you … I shouldn’t be saying this — you can’t do that.”
Biden spoke emotionally of his son, telling a story of a conversation they had before Beau died. “He …Read More