Biden: I Regret Not Being President Right Now

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Futures Without Violence seventh biennial National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence, Friday, March 20, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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Former Vice President Joe Biden admitted during a talk at a university Friday night that he regrets not “being president” and said he believes that he may be president right now if he would have run.

Biden said in the talk, first reported by The Hill, that he feels he was best qualified in the political field to be President and that he could have brought the country together.

“Do I regret not being president? Yes. I was the best qualified,” he said during a speech at Colgate University.

Biden said he had initially planned on running and that if he became the Democratic nominee instead of Hillary Clinton, he would have had a “good chance” of being President right now.

“I had planned on running for president and although it would have been a very difficult primary, I think I could have won,” he said. “Maybe not, I don’t know.”

“I was fairly confident that if I had become the Democratic nominee, I would have had a good chance to be president,” Biden said.

But, Biden acknowledged that in light of the death of his son Beau, he does not regret not running for president at the time.

“No man or women should announce for president of the United States unless they can look the public in the eye and say ‘I promise I’ll you give you 100 percent of my attention and dedication in this effort,'” he said. “And I knew I couldn’t do it.”

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