Biden on beating Trump in 2016: 'I don't know' if I could have

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE told The New York Times in an interview published Tuesday that he was not sure he could have beaten Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE had he ran for president in 2016.

“I don’t know,” he told the outlet in June.

“Everybody says that. But look, I don’t know. You’ve got to be in the game. I thought Hillary [Clinton] would have made a good president.”

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After his eight years as former President Obama’s second-in-command, Biden had been floated as a potential candidate to represent the Democratic Party ahead of the 2016 election.

He ultimately decided not to run after his son Beau Biden died on May 30, 2015, of brain cancer.

Early on this election cycle, his son’s death still weighed on Joe Biden’s decision whether to purse the presidency.

“The family was fragile after Beau passing away,” he told the Times in October, months before launching his campaign.

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Trump defeated former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE in 2016 by 304 to 227 Electoral College votes, although Clinton received more votes overall in the popular vote.

Biden is the current front-runner among 2020 Democratic contenders, but has seen his lead in polls slip in the last month after the first round of primary debates.

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