Former Vice President Joe Biden said Sunday he would not rule out a 2020 presidential run, but hopes that “other folks step up” and run for the office instead.
“You’re not ruling me out. You’re not telling me no,” MSNBC’s Al Sharpton told Biden on “Politics Nation.”
“No, no I’m not. I’ve been honest about this. If the Lord Almighty, Al, came down and said, ‘The nomination is yours now. You have to accept it now,’ I would not,” Biden responded.
“But you’d say, ‘Lord, check with me before the year’s up,” Sharpton asked.
“Exactly right. No, that’s exactly right,” Biden said.
Biden also noted that he would not run for president unless he could give the attempt his “whole heart, whole soul, all of [his] passion, all [his] attention,” and said his ability to give those things relied on the wellbeing of his family.
“I lost my son, my son Beau. He left a hole in the heart of everybody in the family,” Biden said. “It takes time to come back.”
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Recent polls have shown Biden winning in match-ups against current President Donald Trump in a 2020 face-off by as much as 57 percent.
Other potential Democratic hopefuls include Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I), New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker (D), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).