In an interview with Vanity Fair, former vice president Joe Biden discussed his new book Promise Me, Dad. The book explains Biden’s political career, why he did not run for president in 2016, and the possibility of running in 2020.
The book is divided into three narrative strands woven together…
- Beau’s (Biden’s son) 2015 death after battling brain cancer.
- Biden’s decision not to pursue the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 2016.
- The serious responsibilities, especially in the foreign-policy arena.
When asked why he decided to write the book, Biden replied that a big part of his motivation was to pay tribute to Beau.
He went on to say that he published the book in hopes to help others who have suffered unimaginable loss understand that “one of the ways to get through tragedy is to find purpose.” He concluded, “I’ve got too much more to do to write an autobiography. For real. I don’t consider my attempt to contribute to the public square finished.”
After losing his son, Biden spent the summer of 2015 in a state of grievance, which lead to a late entry into the presidential race.
On September 10, 2015, Biden appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Biden told 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 the folks out there and say, ‘I promise you, you have my whole heart, my whole soul, my energy, and my passion to do this.’ And I’d be lying if I said that I knew that I was there.”
When asked about his current state of mind about 2020, Biden did not rule out the possibility of running. He said, “I haven’t decided to run, but I’ve decided I’m not going to decide not to run. We’ll see what happens.”
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Credit: Vanity Fair