In his new memoir, former Vice President Joe Biden says he knew he was capable of beating Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary, but he decided not to run for fear of a "stop at nothing" campaign by her backers.
Biden also cheekily suggested the reason people wanted to see him run was simply that they preferred him to "the alternative", in what appeared to be a reference to President Donald Trump.
Biden is now promoting his book about his late son, Beau, entitled Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and objective, and said he wanted to dedicate his time to the book before considering a future bid for the US presidency.
"I'd say to my son [Hunter Biden], 'Well, Beau said this to me, ' and he said, 'Dad, he couldn't have said "Dad", he couldn't speak for the last two months; he had that tube down his throat.' And what you find yourself doing is putting the bad, the really bad, bad memories out of your mind. I think America's so incredibly well-positioned". "I believed I was", Biden said.
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Reflecting on the tragedies that have befallen him personally as he wrote his forthcoming book, "Promise Me Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship and Purpose", Biden said he recalled a conversation he had with his mother Catherine "Jean" Finnegan Biden just after the deaths of his wife and daughter in which she encouraged him to persevere. At an October event, he called Trump's diplomatic behavior "absolutely bizarre" and said the President "doesn't understand governance".
"They understand their strengths and they understand their weaknesses".
Biden on movements emerging under Trump, describes Charlottesville: "Did you ever think that would happen?" "And the people who don't do that are the people who aren't self-aware enough to know ... because most of the time that abuse ends up in their downfall as well". The full interview will air on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday.