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America, settle down: Grandpa Joe Biden is here for you.
The Vice President of the United States will appear on Tuesday night’s edition of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Before his interview with Colbert, Biden sat down with the host to address the recent election.
“Pops and I, we’ve been worried about all these sudden changes. We know you’re worried about the changes the family’s going through,” Colbert says.
“It happens to every family, but I’m telling ya: This terrible feeling you’re having right now, it’s not permanent,” Biden reassures. “It’ll be over in four years — maybe eight.”
Biden’s appearance on the show is particularly timely. On Monday, he teased reporters he would run for president in 2020, adding that he would not rule it out right now. He echoed those comments to Colbert. “You and I talked about this in a different context before: I’m a great respecter of fate,” he tells Colbert. “I don’t plan on running again, but to say you know it’s going to happen in four years I just think is not rational.”
“That,” Colbert observes, “is the sound of a door creaking open.”
“I can’t see the circumstance in which I’d run, but what I learned a long, long time ago, Stephen, is to never say never,” Biden replies. “You don’t know what’s going to happen. Hell, Donald Trump’s going to be 74, I’ll be 77 — and in better shape. What the heck?”
Colbert also asked Biden if he regretted not running in 2016, a decision he announced in October 2015. Biden opted not to, instead choosing to focus on his family after his son Beau died in May 2015 from brain cancer.
“I know I made the right decision for my family. I know I made the right decision. I’m not sure I would have been able to put my whole heart into it,” Biden admits. “What I regret is the circumstance that led me not to be able to run. That’s a terrible thing to say in many people’s minds.”
Biden continues: “Do I think that I was best prepared at this moment to lead the country? I did because I thought the issues of the greatest concern were in my wheelhouse, things I’ve dealt with my whole career. So in that sense, I’m disappointed that I’m not going to be in a position to be making some of those decisions, but I don’t regret the actual decision.”