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Former Vice President Joe Biden says that if he had run for president in 2016, he could have won.
The Observer-Dispatch of Utica, N.Y., reports that Biden told students at Colgate University on Friday that he could have won the election, but the Democratic primary would have been “very difficult.”
“On a college campus I will never, never do anything other than answer the question completely unvarnished and straightforward,” he said. “The answer is that I had planned on running for president. And although it would have been a very difficult primary, I think I could have won.”
According to the Observer-Dispatch, Biden said his son Beau’s battle with brain cancer kept him out of the race. He added that Beau wanted him to try and become the next commander-in-chief.
Biden said anyone who runs for president should be able to “look the public in the eye and promise you they can give you 100 percent.”
He also said he doesn’t regret not running but added, “Do I regret not being president? Yes.” The former vice president of the United States said he had a lot of data collected and was confident he could have won the presidency as a Democratic Party nominee.
When it comes to President Donald Trump, Biden says he hopes he “grows into the job a little bit.”
Watch video of Biden’s speech here.
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