Biden: 2020 run is still possible, Clinton's candidacy "never great"
- Author: Marlene Weaver May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 0:46
"I never thought she was a great candidate", Biden told the conference.
Referring to Hilary Clinton's competence as a presidential candidate, "I never thought she was a great candidate".
Despite that, Biden conceded in his remarks Thursday that "Hillary would have been a good president".
"I don't regret not running in the sense that it was the right decision for my boy, for me, for my family at the time", Biden said, according to CBS News.
The former vice president is also making the early rounds ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
The former vice president and longtime US senator from DE has led an initiative to end cancer, which took the life of his son, Beau, in 2015.
"No one should ever seek the presidency unless they are able to devote their whole heart and soul and passion into just doing that", Biden told ABC News past year.
Biden also talked about working with Mr. Obama for almost a decade, saying they often disagreed on tactics and even had their share of "shouting matches". In an interview with the Los Angeles Times in December, Biden recalled watching footage of a Donald Trump rally in Pennsylvania and realizing, for the first time, that the Democrats could actually lose the election. "Probably not", he said.
"I think I could have won", Biden said in March speech at Colgate University. Plenty of the "everyday Americans" targeted by Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign might refer to him as "Uncle Joe". "What are we going to do?' C'mon man!" Unless he doesn't. And then spends 2023 explaining how he could have beaten Trump twice because he was such a great candidate.
The 74-year-old also addressed speculation that he could run for president in 2020.
Accepting Obama's offer to become Vice President wasn't easy and Biden even initially turned the job down. Biden held back any direct jabs at Trump during his talk, but made a point to praise Obama's presidency for being scandal-free and Obama himself for being "absolutely, totally competent".