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Biden Says He Couldn’t Win

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden says he decided against running for President because he “couldn’t win,” not because he would have had too little time to get a campaign up and running.

“I’ll be very blunt. If I thought we could’ve put together the campaign … that our supporters deserve and our contributors deserved, … I would have done it,” he said in an interview televised Oct. 25 on CBS’s 60 Minutes.

In the wide-ranging interview, in which Biden took questions for a time joined by his wife, Jill, the Vice President also said he would not have gotten into the race just to stop Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton.

“I’ve said from the beginning, ‘Look, I like Hillary. Hillary and I get along together,” he said. “The only reason to run is because … I still think I could do a better job than anybody else could do.”

He used the interview to play down suggestions his announcement not to run, made at the White House Oct. 221 with President Barack Obama standing at his side, included a jab at Clinton.

At the White House event, Biden lamented partisan bickering in Washington politics and said, “I don’t think we should look at Republicans as our enemies.” Clinton had made a statement to that effect during the Democratic presidential debate earlier this month.

“That wasn’t directed at Hillary,” Biden told 60 Minutes. “That was a reference to Washington, all of Washington,” he said.

The 72-year-old Biden also sought in the interview to dispel recurrent rumors that his late son Beau, who died earlier this year at age 46 of brain cancer, had made a last-minute plea to his father to run for president.

Biden said there was no such “Hollywood moment … Nothing like that ever, ever happened,” he said. “Beau all along thought that I should run and I could win.”

“But there was not what was sort of made out as kind of this Hollywood-esque thing that, at the last minute, Beau grabbed my hand and said, ‘Dad, you’ve got to run,'” Biden said.

The Vice President did say he wants to continue to have a voice in party affairs and will speak up whenever he wishes. He has not endorsed a candidate for the Democratic Presidential nomination.

“I will make no bones about that,” he said. “I don’t want the party walking away from what Barack and I did.”

Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley remain in the race.

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