At Colgate University in Hamilton, New York this past weekend, former Vice President Joe Biden said that he regrets not running for president in 2016 because he believed that he could have won against Donald Trump.
“I had planned on running for president and although it would have been a very difficult primary, I think I could have won,” Biden said. “I don’t know, maybe not. But I thought I could have won.”
“I had a lot of data and I was fairly confident that if I were the Democratic Party’s nominee, I had a better than even chance of being president,” Biden continued.
Biden went on to explain that he didn’t regret all of the time he was able to spend with his son Beau, who later died after a long battle with cancer.
“But do I regret not being president? Yes,” Biden said. “I was the best qualified.”
Biden’s remarks came during a speech focused on solutions and strategies for helping the middle class.
Biden went on to explain that he his son’s illness weighed heavily on him emotionally, adding that he felt that he couldn’t run and that he had lost part of his soul when Beau passed.
He said he couldn’t run and give his full attention to the presidency during that time, and that he doesn’t regret spending the time he would have spent campaigning with his family instead.