Politics

Biden: ‘Do I Regret Not Being President? Yes’

With the 2016 presidential election in the rearview mirror, former Vice President Joe Biden revealed that he believes he could have won the election and regrets not being president of the United States.

“Do I regret not being president? Yes,” Biden said during an appearance at Colgate University, first reported by The Hill.

Biden added that he thought he “was the best qualified.”

According to Biden, he had expected to run and was confident about his chances.

“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.

“I don’t know, maybe not,” he continued. “But I thought I could have won. And I had a lot of data, and I was fairly confident that if I were the Democratic Party’s nominee, I had a better than even chance of being president.”

He explained that he “just couldn’t do it” due to his son Beau Biden’s battle with brain cancer and eventual passing.

“I lost part of my soul,” Biden said.

“Do I regret not being president? Yes,” he reiterated. “Do I regret not running for president, in light of what was going on in my life at the time? No I don’t regret it. I made the right decision.”

Biden added that he did not run because he felt that he could not give 100 percent of his “attention and dedication” to the effort.