Earl Gibson III/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Vice President Joe Biden will not “rush” his 2016 decision as he weighs whether another presidential run would be in the best interest of his family, he said in an interview with America Media, a leading Catholic news organization.
“You have no right as an individual to decide to run. Your whole family is implicated, your whole family is engaged, and so for us it’s a family decision, and I just have to be comfortable that this will be good for the family,” the vice president said in an interview with the Rev. Matt Malone, president and editor in chief of America Media, an ABC News partner.
“In the past, all our political efforts have actually strengthened the family,” Biden said in his first interview with a news organization since his son Beau’s death in May. “It’s not quite there yet and it may not get there in time to make it feasible to be able to run and succeed because there are certain windows that will close, but if that’s it, that’s it. But it’s not like I can rush it.”
The comments are the vice president’s latest explanation into his thought process as he weighs another presidential run at a time when he and his family are still grappling with the death Beau, who died following a battle with brain cancer.
Biden, 72, said his family is now committed to focusing on the inspiration Beau provided, instead of talking about his loss.
“We don’t want to talk so much anymore about publicly or privately about the loss,” the vice president said. “We all decided that we should focus on the inspiration he [Beau] provided…Regardless of what I do in public or private life, we are not going to walk away from the things that were, that made Beau’s life, in his mind beyond his family, worthwhile.”
Biden recounted an expression his father shared throughout his life — “Just get up pal, get up,” adding, “That’s what Beau wants us to do. That’s what Beau expects his father to do, so we’re just getting up and moving on and we’re going to do good things in his name.”
The vice president’s 30-minute interview with Malone comes just before Pope Francis’ visit to the United States.
“He’s the embodiment of Catholic social doctrine that I was raised with. The idea that everyone’s entitled to dignity,” Biden said. “I’m excited, quite frankly, as a practicing Catholic. I am really excited by the whole world is getting to see what are the basic essential elements of what constitutes Catholicism.”
Biden, who is the first Roman Catholic to become vice president, reflected on own how he balances his own faith with his political life.
“All the principles of my faith I make no excuse for attempting to live up to. I don’t all the time, but I’m not prepared to impose doctrine that I’m prepared to accept on the rest of them,” he said.
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