Joe Biden Reveals He Wavered Until The Very End On Whether To Run For President

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Biden calls Paul Ryan ‘good guy,’ hopes for progress with Congress.

Just as he began to seriously ponder a 2016 presidential campaign, Vice President Biden’s 11-year-old granddaughter curled up next to him and delivered the emotional punch that framed his decision-making process. “Pop, I see Daddy all the time.In an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” aired on Sunday, Joe Biden, who announced this week that he would not run for president, disputed accounts that his son Beau, on death’s door, told him to run for president. “Nothing like that ever, ever happened,” Biden said.

DES MOINES, Iowa— Hillary Clinton is making inroads with Iowa Democrats who had qualms about her candidacy, after turning in a solid performance at the party’s first debate and avoiding missteps in a marathon appearance before a Republican-led committee examining a terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, polling and interviews show.Vice President Joe Biden, calling former campaign opponent Paul Ryan a “good guy,” voiced hope in an interview that the White House could make progress with Congress on the budget and other issues if Ryan becomes House of Representatives speaker. In August, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd reported that Beau Biden, when he realized he was going to lose his battle with brain cancer, tried to convince his father to run: “Dad, I know you don’t give a damn about money,” Beau told him, dismissing the idea that his father would take some sort of cushy job after the vice presidency to cash in.

Biden Jr. delayed making a decision about a potential presidential campaign for months, in part because of the tears of his 11-year-old granddaughter. You’re not going to leave me, are you, Pop?” It was late August and the swirl of speculation was mounting over whether Biden would enter the Democratic presidential contest and challenge former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton, and the speculation would hang for almost two months longer. Clinton had reclaimed a commanding position in the state and was recovering some ground she lost after a rocky campaign rollout. “She’s looking a lot stronger now than she was before,” said John Colombo, chairman of the Democratic Party in Franklin County, Iowa. “With the Benghazi hearing you had people waiting to see how it would play out and she handled it extremely well.” Disclosures about Mrs. But, as Biden said in the interview, the death of his elder son, Joseph R. “Beau” Biden, hung over the family for so long that by the time they were ready to really analyze a presidential campaign, it was too late to mount a credible challenge to Clinton or Sen. Asked about the White House’s difficulty getting much done with the Republican-led Congress and if a Ryan speakership could change things, Biden replied: “Yes.

And he knows you cannot function – this government can’t function without reaching some consensus and he wants to do that.” Ryan announced his candidacy last week to succeed John Boehner as head of the bitterly divided House after gathering support from conservative and moderate Republican groups. Some mornings he woke up and just wanted to cut off the process, but Jill Biden — who had decided that her husband would make a better general-election candidate than Clinton — pushed him to continue thinking about the race.

By Tuesday night — after a day filled with events that seemed to jab at Clinton — Biden told his wife and younger son, Hunter, that he didn’t think he could mount a third campaign for president. His wife hugged him, and less than 24 hours later, after 43 years in elective politics, Biden, 72, announced in a Rose Garden ceremony that his political career was over. Biden, 72, who became vice president in 2009, served as a U.S. senator from Delaware for 36 years and was a two-time Democratic presidential candidate.

The vice president did not endorse Clinton’s candidacy for president and said good things about Sanders, but he used the interview to focus on his shifting role into Democratic elder statesman without a specific portfolio. “No. No,” Biden said when O’Donnell asked whether he would run for office again or whether he was leaving the door open to taking up the campaign if Clinton politically collapses. “I can do so much more, I believe.

Biden suggested that just a week ago Natalie was in a better place emotionally, and he described how she had finished a cross-country running race and said: “Daddy would be happy, wouldn’t he? But there was not what was sort of made out as kind of this Hollywood-esque thing that at the last minute Beau grabbed my hand and said, “Dad, you’ve got to run, like, win one for the Gipper.” It wasn’t anything like that.

The family is beginning to recover, he said, pointing to time they spent in Delaware over the weekend, when Joe and Jill Biden got to watch their granddaughter finish a cross-country meet. But speculation in the news media, often inaccurate, about his intentions “was driving us crazy,” he said. “I’d get up some mornings,” he continued, “and say: ‘Let’s just end this thing, man.

At this point, “she’ll probably continue to rise.” Jerry Osburn, 63 years old, came to a Clinton rally Saturday before the Iowa Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson Day fundraising dinner. While it was unfolding, he said, he responded to congratulatory emails from old family friends. “To every one of them I wrote back a simple answer: ‘I’d vote for her,’” Mr.

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