Former Vice President Joe Biden said that he would not run for president if offered the chance right now, but left the possibility for the future open. "And I'd much prefer to be helping someone turn it around than being the guy trying to turn it around", Biden said in an interview with Snapchat's "Good Luck America", according to The Associated Press, which was given a clip of the exchange.
"I'm not closing the door".
The former vice president and US Senator is making book tour rounds for the release of "Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship and goal".
If elected in 2020, Biden would take office at 78-years-old, almost a decade older than President Donald Trump, who was 70 when inaugurated. The painful subject forms the story of his new memoir, 'Promise Me, Dad, ' set for release this week. "I've been around too long, and I'm a great respecter of fate, but who knows what the situation is going to be a year-and-a-half from now", Biden said.
Biden, 74, considered a run for the Oval Office in 2016, but decided against it, later citing the trauma of his son Beau's death to cancer in May 2015 for keeping him from the race. He also writes about his decision not to seek the Democratic nomination for president in the 2016 election. "I think we have to respond and let them know there's significant hope".
On Sunday, an interview between Biden and Oprah Winfrey in which Biden admitted that he regrets never being President - believing that he had a lot of potential and so many things he wanted to achieve.
Biden was asked if he could've beaten Trump in the election.
"Joe Biden is such a family man".
Biden, who seriously considered launching a bid to continue the Obama administration legacy in the White House previous year, was asked about a potential run in 2020 Tuesday on "Today" but offered little definitive. "I'm not doing anything to run", he said.