Vice President Joe Biden didn’t run for president because he felt he couldn’t win, he said during his appearance on “60 Minutes” Sunday. He also said he didn’t have a “Hollywood-esque” moment with his son Beau about mounting a campaign.
On Wednesday Biden took to the White House Rose Garden to announce that he would not run for president in the 2016 campaign, passing up a third try.
In his first televised interview since he made the announcement, “60 Minutes” correspondent Norah O’Donnell asked if he thought he couldn’t win the bid.
“I couldn’t win,” Biden said. “I’ll be very blunt -- if I thought we could’ve put together the campaign that our supporters deserve and our contributors deserved … I would have gone ahead and done it.”
In May Biden’s son Beau -- the Delaware attorney general -- died of brain cancer, with many reports claiming that Beau had encouraged his father to run for president one last time.
“Some people have written that, you know, Beau on his death bed said, ‘Dad, you’ve got to run,’ and there was this sort of Hollywood moment,” Biden said. “Nothing like that ever, ever happened … Beau all along thought that I should run and I could win.”
With 15 months remaining in his role as vice president, Biden said he wants to “work on cancer,” something he has already discussed with President Barack Obama.