Here’s the full video and transcript of Vice President Joe Biden on CBS News ’60 Minutes.’ In his first interview since announcing he is not running for President the VP and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, spoke on how they reached the decision and other topics in a wide-ranging discussion with Norah O’Donnell. The replay and details are below.
In the sit-down interview, conducted on Saturday, October 24th at the Vice President’s residence, he and Dr. Jill Biden spoke at length about the decision not to run, which he announced at the White House Rose Garden on Wednesday, October 21st.
Norah O’Donnell: It’s been a big week. How are you feeling about this decision?
Vice President Biden: Ah. Good. It’s the right decision for the family, it’s the right decision for us.
Norah O’Donnell: Is it that you think you couldn’t win or that you didn’t want to run?
Vice President Biden: Couldn’t win. I’ll be very blunt If I thought we could’ve put together the campaign that our supporters deserve and our contributors deserved I’ll– I would have gone ahead and done it.
Norah O’Donnell: But, why did it take you until Tuesday to figure that out? Tuesday night?Vice President Biden: Because it took that long for us to decide as a family. Look, dealing with the loss of Beau, any parent listening who’s lost a child, knows that you can’t– it doesn’t follow schedules of primaries and caucuses and contributors and the like. It just– you– and everybody grieves at a different pace.
Dr. Jill Biden: And we had such hope, that you know that he was going to live. And so I think it really wasn’t until the day he died that we gave, well, I don’t think we ever gave up hope.
The full transcript is here. The interview was broadcast originally on Sunday, October 25, 2015.
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