In his first television interview since his son’s death from brain cancer in May, Biden said (according to Deadline) that while he has been successful in life, “My son was better than me. He was better than me in every way.”
The Vice President said last month that he may not have the emotional strength to make a run for the presidency in 2016, and he elaborated on that sentiment during the pre-taped interview.
According to Politico, Biden told Colbert that he didn’t think anyone should run for president unless they could give “110 percent” of their heart, soul, energy and passion to the job.
“I’d be lying if I said that I knew I was there,” he added.
The 72-year-old has spoken of his grief in the wake of his son’s death, and he opened up to Colbert about visiting a military base and encountering a soldier who told him that he’d served in Iraq with Beau. “I just lost it,” Biden said.
But the Vice President is trying to move forward and said he’d be letting Beau down “if I didn’t just get up.”
As Colbert pressed Biden on whether if he had an announcement to make, the VP said, “Yes – I think you should run for president and I’ll be your vice president.”
“It’s going to be emotional for a lot of people if you don’t run,” Colbert said. “Your example of suffering and service is something that would be sorely missed in the race.”