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Biden unsure if 2020 run 'appropriate thing for me to do'

13 November 2017

Former Vice President Joe Biden says he wouldn't have agreed to replace Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee under any circumstances. "Right now I want to focus on the book and I want to focus on the off-year elections".

Biden cut short his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination several months after his son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, died of brain cancer.

But the conversation on NBC's "Today" show and Megyn Kelly's morning show quickly turned to politics, President Donald Trump, and the possibility of Biden, who is 74, launching a 2020 presidential bid.

"I'm not closing the door. I've been around too long".

The former vice president and US Senator is making book tour rounds for the release of "Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship and objective". Kasich ran for the Republican nomination in 2016, losing out to President Trump.

On Sunday, an interview between Biden and Oprah Winfrey in which Biden admitted that he regrets never being President - believing that he had a lot of potential and so many things he wanted to achieve.

But Biden, who's been open about his financial struggles, said that he's always understood and represented the middle class and would connect better than Trump has with the "rust belt" and working class voters.

"Joe Biden is such a family man. But who knows what the situation is going to be a year from now". But in 2014, Beau's ability to speak had become compromised, and both Biden and his other son, Hunter, were anxious that Beau would have to resign from his position as Delaware Attorney General, which would leave his family with no income.

"We're both hoping that both our parties generate some real energetic people who have the depth and capacity to do it", Biden said.