Biden isn't ruling out 2020 run for president

Biden isn't ruling out 2020 run for president

"I thought I was a great candidate", Biden reportedly told an audience of hedge fund managers at the annual SALT conference in Las Vegas.

If Biden were to run, he would be nearly 78 years old on Election Day, making him, if elected, the oldest president in US history.

But Biden didn't point to any specific moment.

Biden's statement comes as a surprise given the fact that he endorsed Clinton right as primary elections came to a close.

"I never thought she was a great candidate", he said. "That, as the first woman who had an opportunity to win the presidency, I think it was a real burden on her". Over the previous year, Biden has expressed regrets for his decision not to run for the 2016 Democratic nomination. The announcement came just months after Biden's son, Beau, died from brain cancer at the age of 35.

Biden admitted that the Obama administration "made mistakes" and that he and Obama would often disagree on tactical issues, even having "shouting matches" at times. On March 30, the former vice president indirectly offered a withering assessment of the Clinton campaign.

The former Vice President, who decided not to stand in last year's election following the death of his son Beau, said he would have been a great candidate.

Biden did not run, Clinton got the nomination, and Trump smoked her on Election Day in the electoral college.

"I thought I could beat Hillary".

When asked if he would run, he said "Could I? Yes".

Joe Biden has achieved what for most politicians forever remains the land of legend: a high rate of bipartisan favorability.

That's not a far cry from what Biden said on Thursday night. If things don't improve, "I may very well do it", he said. "You should never run for president unless you can look the public in the eye, and say 'I give you my word, you'll have all my energy and all my time, '" Biden said.

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