Former US Vice President Biden leaves open door to 2020 run


Former Vice President Joe Biden said he is uncertain about a run for president in 2020, but indicated he's looking for fresh blood to lead the Democratic Party back to the White House. "Right now I want to focus on the book and I want to focus on the off-year elections".

"But you're not closing the door?" host Savannah Guthrie asked Biden. In Promise Me, Dad, Joe Biden discusses the moment when President Obama offered financial assistance to his family in their time of greatest need.

The former US senator added, "But who knows what the situation is going to be a year and a half from now". In April, he said he would not run in 2020.

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For now, Biden, 74, wants to focus on Democrats' winning the off-year elections, he said, as well as his new book, "Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship and goal", a memoir about the last year of son Beau Biden's life before he succumbed to brain cancer.

Biden, 74, considered a run for the Oval Office in 2016, but decided against it, later citing the trauma of his son Beau's death to cancer in May 2015 for keeping him from the race.

Since leaving the White House, Biden has launched the political action committee American Possibilities and the Biden Foundation. It also expands on his decision not to seek the 2016 Democratic nomination. After going off on a tangent about a David Brooks column about how people listen to what leaders say, he reiterated, "But I do think there are things he's doing well, but I ... it's more the tone of this administration that bothers me".

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Biden says he was for Clinton, but that he anxious about her prospects.

Biden said he doesn't know whether he would have been able to beat Trump in last year's election.

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