Vice President Joe Biden revealed that he wouldn’t rule out running for office in the future, Time reports.
Joe Biden said that he doesn’t plan on running for public office right now, but he’s learned from experience to keep his options open. Even though his term will be over in a few months, Joe explains he will continue to “fight for the issues he cares deeply about” including curing cancer, better foreign policy, domestic violence awareness, and reforming the tax system.
“I don’t plan on saying goodbye. I always judge people who spend a lot of time in public office, say they care about things, and if the day after they leave they no longer talk about them, then I don’t think they cared much about them.”
Biden reflected on his eight years in the White House, serving as President Barack Obama’s right-hand man. He remembers asking Obama why he selected him as his running mate in 2008. Joe said that President Obama said, “It’s simple, I know you will tell me what you think is the right thing to do [in any circumstance], even if it’s an unpopular opinion.”
Biden said when selecting a running mate, you have to pick someone you value and trust — Joe added that Hilary Clinton found that in her running mate, Tim Kaine.
“We (Obama and I) have never disagreed on anything of substance. All of our disagreements were over tactical issues, and never posed any type of threat to our relationship.”
In six months, Joe Biden will walk out of the White House and away from public office for the first time in 46 years. Biden admitted that the thought is terrifying and exciting.
“I don’t plan on saying goodbye. I care deeply about certain issues and I will be engaged in finding an answer to those issues that weigh heavily on my heart. This is what I have done my whole life and I cannot imagine doing anything other than this. So no, I do not plan on slowing down, or fading out the public eye.”
Many people assumed that Joe Biden was going to announce his bid for the White House last year. He seemed like the perfect candidate but decided to take a step back and focus on other things. When asked if he would consider running for public office again, he was hesitant on answering the question. He said he doesn’t plan on it right now, but “you never know.”
His indecisive wording had the media speculating that he could be positioning himself in a good spot to run for president in 2020. There’s little doubt in the Democratic Party’s mind that he is highly qualified. He has over 46 years experience serving from positions such as City Council to U.S. Senate to now the Vice President of the United States.
ABC News reports that Joe Biden explained that even if he never holds another public office position, he will continue to fight for those things he holds dear to his heart. He added that he can’t stop working toward progress for our country because “he still cares deeply about the outcome.”
“My dad used to have an expression … ‘It’s a lucky person who gets up in the morning and puts both feet on the floor, knows what they’re about to do, and thinks it still matters.’ I still care deeply about so many things.”
At this point, it seems as if Joe Biden didn’t want to say if he’d consider running for public service, again. After the difficult year he’s had, he may be looking forward to some time away from the public while he and Jill Biden plan their next move.
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