Is he or isn't he? The answer appears to be "Yes." In an interview with Vanity Fair, Joe Biden gave an intriguing answer to the question of whether he plans a 2020 White House run. "I haven't decided to run," he said, "but I've decided I'm not going to decide not to run. We’ll see what happens." The former vice president said that if it hadn't been for the illness of his son, Beau, who died of brain cancer in May 2015 at age 46, there is "no question" he would have run in 2016. "I had planned on running, and I wasn’t running against Hillary or Bernie or anybody else. Honest to God, I thought that I was the best suited for the moment to be president." He said he felt that Clinton was a "prisoner of history," and there never seemed to be any joy in her campaign.
Biden's new memoir, Promise Me, Dad, will be released this fall. It covers the time from Beau's 2013 diagnosis to the aftermath of his death. In the Vanity Fair interview, Biden said he kept the option of a run open in 2015 partly to keep Beau—who once told him it was his duty to run—optimistic. "It would have bothered Beau a great deal if I’d not run because of him," he said. Biden's wife, Jill, said she now often wonders what Beau would have wanted. "He wouldn't want us to grieve forever, although you do," she said. "So, moving forward, what would Beau want Joe to do? You can probably answer that question." Asked whether she thought Biden, who will be 75 next month, should slow down and enjoy life, she said: "Do you understand what 'Enjoy life' means for Joe?"