Joe Biden Says He Regrets Not Being President, Thought He Was Most Qualified for 2016

During Thursday’s sneak peek at his interview with television star Oprah Winfrey, former Vice President Joe Biden appeared to express regret for not running for president in 2016 and suggested he was more qualified for the job than former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

“I have a regret that I am not president because I think there is so much opportunity,” Biden told Winfrey.

For years, speculation swirled around Biden’s interest in running for former President Barack Obama’s position after he left office, but Thursday’s appeared to be the most candid indicator thus far that he wanted to occupy the White House.

According to ABC News, Biden thought not running was the best decision for his family despite the fact that he saw himself as the most qualified candidate.

“No woman or man should announce they’re running for president unless they can answer two questions,” Biden said. “One, do they truly believe they’re the most qualified person for that moment? I believed I was.”

But, the former vice president said, he couldn’t positively answer whether he was ready to give his whole heart and soul to running.

Shortly after his son Beau died of brain cancer, Biden told the country in 2015 that his time for launching a campaign had passed.

It’s unclear whether Biden will run in 2020 when President Donald Trump is up for re-election, but the former vice president didn’t rule that out as a possibility.

Watch Biden’s and Winfrey’s exchange below, via ABC.