During Vice President Biden’s interview with new Late Show host Stephen Colbert, the two men talked about tragedy in their lives. YouTube/CBS hide caption
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An emotional and raw Joe Biden didn’t sound like a man ready to run for president during his Thursday night interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
But it’s exactly that authenticity that would make the vice president a dangerous challenger to Hillary Clinton if he did decide to throw his hat into the 2016 Democratic primary.
Much of the interview centered on the tragic death of Biden’s son, Beau, in May. The vice president fondly remembered how his son, the Delaware attorney general and heir apparent to the Biden political legacy, shunned the spotlight — not even wanting special recognition when he served in Iraq or when he was awarded the Bronze Star.
But when the questions turned to Biden’s future, he still sounded very much like a grieving father and not like an energetic candidate preparing for a grueling presidential run.
“I don’t think any man or woman should run for president unless, No. 1, they know exactly why they would want to be president and, No. 2, 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 Colbert. “I’d be lying if I said that I knew I was there.”
Colbert and Biden are two kindred spirits forged by tragedy. Shortly after Biden’s election to the Senate in 1972, Biden’s wife and baby daughter were killed in a car accident that left Beau and his other son, Hunter, badly injured. Biden recalled to Colbert how it was Beau who tried to keep both his and Hunter’s spirits lifted even while he was still recovering.
Forty-one years ago this week, a young Colbert lost his father and two brothers in a plane accident. Biden and Colbert, both devout Catholics, recalled how their faith had given them a “sense of solace” through both devastating accidents.
“I go to Mass and I’m able to be just alone, even in a crowd,” Biden said. “It’s just a place you can go.”
Overall, Biden looked torn about a third presidential bid. Even as the audience chanted “Joe! Joe! Joe!” and Colbert told him “It’s going to be emotional for a lot of …Read More