Joe Biden Says He Regrets Not Running for the Presidency

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during an event to formally launch the Biden Institute, a research and policy center focused on domestic issues at the University of Delaware, in Newark, Del., Monday, March 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Former Vice President Joe Biden told an audience at Colgate University Saturday that he regrets not running for the presidency in the 2016 elections and that he could have beaten Trump if it had not been for the death of his son, the Washington Post reported.

Joe Biden discussed the middle class and the digital revolution with university president Brian W. Casey when, at one point, Casey asked, “Any regrets that you didn’t run?”

Biden breathed deeply and looked down before looking back at Casey and said, “I think I could’ve won.”

Biden continued on to say how qualified he was as a candidate before he talked about how he could not bring himself to run for the presidency so soon after his son Beau’s death.

“I had a lot of data,” Biden said. “I was fairly confident that if I was the Democratic Party nominee, I had a better-than-even chance of being president.”

“At the end of the day, I just couldn’t do it,” he said.

But Biden said he did not regret spending time with his son before his death.

“Do I regret not being president?” he said. “Yes. Do I regret not running for president, in light of everything that was going on in my life at the time? No.”

Biden made the announcement that he would not run for president in the 2016 election in the White House Rose Garden in 2015.