On Thursday, two of America’s queens of talk, Oprah and Ellen, released footage from interviews with Vice President Joe Biden, which will air in full later this week.
In another clip from the interview, he repeats that he knew, a month out, that Hillary Clinton’s candidacy was doomed.
‘A month out, I came back and said, we’re going to lose this election,’ Biden said.
In June, Politico reported that Biden had said at a donor conference that he knew a month out that Clinton would lose key battleground states.
Biden, however, had not previously expressed that publicly.
He also campaigned furiously for Clinton in those waning weeks.
‘I have a regret that I am not president,’ Biden candidly told Oprah, for an interview with OWN, which airs Sunday. ‘Because I think there’s so much opportunity. I think America’s so incredibly well-positioned.’
On Ellen, the comedian pleaded with the ex-vice president to run for the presidency in 2020.
‘Just remember, that is what I’d like to see,’ Ellen said. ‘I don’t know if it’s going to be myself or Oprah as your running mate,’ she said, grabbing his hand.
Biden told Ellen that right now he just wanted to focus on ‘my boy,’ the late Beau Biden.
The title of the ex-veep’s new book, ‘Promise Me, Dad,’ comes from Beau asking that the former vice president be OK as his son faced the cancer that eventually killed him.
It was that grief over losing Beau, Biden said, that kept him from entering the presidential race, which the Democrats eventually lost to now President Donald Trump.
‘Oprah, no woman or man should announce they are running for president unless they can answer two questions: One, do they truly believe they are the most qualified person for that moment. I believed I was,’ Biden said.
It was the second question that stopped him.
‘But was I prepared to be able to give my whole heart, my whole soul and all my attention to the endeavor?’ he mused. ‘And I knew I wasn’t.’
In a DailyMail.com exclusive peek at Biden’s new book, he wrote that he believed he could win the election.
And he was especially potent in Clinton’s electoral trouble spots.
‘My numbers on trustworthiness, honesty, and empathy were as high as they had ever been,’ he wrote, looking back to the time where he was mulling a campaign. ‘And I was strongest where the most formidable candidate, Hillary Clinton, was weakest: the key swing states like Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida.’
Biden revealed that he was also guided by President Obama not to run.
‘In January 2015 the president was convinced I could not beat Hillary, and he worried that a long primary fight would split the party and leave the Democratic nominee vulnerable in the general election,’ Biden wrote.
Biden said Obama had become ‘preoccupied’ with the predicament of whether Biden would run, which would pit his vice president against his former secretary of state.