Vice President Biden said he’s not sure he’s emotionally ready for a run for president in 2016, during an appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
“I don’t think any man or woman should run for president unless, number one, they know exactly why they would want to be president and two, they can look at folks out there and say I promise you have my whole heart, my whole soul, my energy, and my passion,” Biden said. “And I’d be lying if I said that I knew I was there. I’m being completely honest.”
He added, “Nobody has a right in my view to seek that office unless they are willing to give it 110 percent of who they are.”
Colbert prodded the Vice President about the “elephant in the room” which, the host joked, is a donkey in this case, but Biden reiterated the uncertainty he’s maintained since it began circling that the Vice President was mulling a run in the wake of his son Beau’s death.
Points of the interview with Colbert were emotional for the Vice President as he and the host discussed the tragedies that have peppered his political career, with Biden telling Colbert he often seeks solace in church.
While Biden did not say whether or not he would run, he did note who he’d be open to sharing a ticket with.
“I think you should run for president again and I’ll be your Vice-President,” Biden told the Late Show host on Thursday.
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