Joe Biden tells a college president during a Q&A Friday that he could have won the presidency and that he regrets that he wasn’t able to run.
Speaking to a large crowd of students and faculty at Colgate University on Friday, former Vice President Joe Biden opened up about his regrets over not making a bid for the presidency.
During his speech, Joe Biden admitted that he regretted not running, and that he believes he would have won, according to UPI.
“I was fairly confident that if I had become the Democratic nominee, I would have had a good chance to be president. Do I regret not being president? Yes. I was the best qualified.”
Also reported on in detail in the Utica Observer-Dispatch, Biden said that although he felt he did the best thing for his family, he also regrets not becoming president.
“I didn’t run because no man or woman should announce they’re running for president of the United States unless they can look the public in the eye and promise you they can give you 100 percent,”
Many Democrats and moderate Republicans would probably echo that sentiment as well, considering the disastrous two months that former reality TV show host and real estate developer Donald Trump has had in the Oval Office.
In a Q&A session during the Kershner Family Global Leaders lecture series hosted at the university’s Sanford Field House, Biden told university president Brian Casey that he does have some regrets about the 2016 presidential race.
Due to the death of his son Beau, whom the family lost to brain cancer in 2015, Biden announced at the time that he wasn’t “100 percent” able to focus on executing his potential presidency.
“At the end of the day, I just couldn’t do it. So I don’t regret not running. Do I regret not being president? Yes.
“On a college campus I will never, never do anything other than answer the question completely unvarnished and straightforward. The answer is that I had planned on running for president. And although it would have been a very difficult primary, I think I could have won.”
Data collected by the Democratic Party, he said, shows that Biden would likely have won had he been the party nominee.
Beau Biden, himself a politician, served two terms as Delaware Attorney General and had announced his intention to run for governor before falling ill. Beau had urged his father to run for the presidency, but the former vice president thought the strain on the family would be excessive after dealing with his son’s death, and announced that he would not seek the Oval Office a few months afterward.
Speaking from the heart and visibly emotional, according to The Huffington Post, Joe Biden says he doesn’t regret the time he spent with his family after his son’s death instead of on the campaign trail.
Biden also publicly acknowledged mistakes made by the Democratic Party during the campaign: specifically, not “paying enough attention” to working class voters and spending too much time criticizing Trump instead of talking up the Democrat platform.
Biden also had criticism for the Republican Party and its recent battle to repeal and replace Obamacare, saying that they had missed a chance to improve the health care law. Known for some surprisingly progressive announcements during his term as second in command, Biden also predicted that Trump’s unwillingness to listen to the American public’s opinions on progressive issues, such as same-sex marriage, will be the downfall of the GOP in 2018:
“Everyone’s entitled to their own opinions, but they’re not entitled to their own facts. Those fights that he wins on these issues will cause [the GOP] to lose in 2018.”
Saying that he hopes the current White House resident “grows into the job,” Biden also had harsh criticism of Trump’s combative pose against the press, using his signature old-school flair:
“The attempt to delegitimize the press — ‘fake news’ — is the first act of any political scoundrel.”
It’s very likely that Joe Biden could have won if he had campaigned; his appeal to both sides of the aisle and a range of demographics was reflected by the audience that attended his speech. The Utica Observer-Dispatch spoke with an older couple in their 60s, amid the crowd of college 20-somethings, both of whom were Republicans, who had nothing but praise for the former VP.
“I think he’s an extremely intelligent person. I think if he had run (for the presidency,) I would have liked to have heard what he had to say.”
Joe Biden has hinted at running in 2020, but only time will tell if he’s committed to campaigning.
Before the Q&A session, Biden gave a lecture discussing what he referred to as the fourth industrial revolution, saying that protecting workers needs to be a priority in the face of advancing technology.
The Utica Observer-Dispatch noted the five “pillars” that Biden said would protect workers being sidelined by automation:
Education: Increased access to affordable education.
Protect Workers: Livable wages, ability to unionize, and affordable health care, sick care, and child care.
Infrastructure: Improved public transportation and services to streamline productivity and create jobs.
Taxes: Progressive taxes and cuts to taxes that reduce consumer spending.
Access to Capital: Biden stated that: “Innovation in practically every industry is driven by small business.”