He’s 74 years old, but former Vice President Joe Biden isn’t letting that step on his (potential) presidential aspirations.
In an interview published Wednesday by Vanity Fair, Biden left the door open to challenging President Donald Trump in 2020.
“I haven’t decided to run,” the politician said. “But I’ve decided I’m not going to decide not to run. We’ll see what happens.”
His family will play a big role in the decision, Biden said, noting that relatives are “totally implicated” during a campaign and often “become news” and “fodder” for the media.
But if his son, Beau, hadn’t died in 2015, Biden said there’s “no question” he would have run for the presidency during the 2016 cycle.
“I had planned on running, and I wasn’t running against Hillary or Bernie or anybody else,” he told the magazine. “Honest to God, I thought that I was the best suited for the moment to be president.”
Many in the press were so convinced Biden was going to jump into the election at the last minute that, on the eve of the first Democratic presidential debate, CNN had an extra podium waiting in the wings for the outgoing vice president.
“But do I regret not being president? Yes,” Biden admitted during a March speech at Colgate University in Madison County, New York. “I was the best qualified.”