Popular Vice President Joe Biden has said he’s not sure his family could handle the emotional pressure of a presidential run. The Bidens are still mourning the death in May of their son Beau, who suffered from brain cancer. But Biden hasn’t ruled out a run entirely, saying on Thursday that he “would not hestitate” to run if his candidacy was “viable.”
Biden reiterated his concern that he and his family may not have the “emotional energy to run.” Saying he has to wait until he can commit his whole “heart and soul” to a run, both of which are “pretty banged up,” Biden sets the stage for an emotional entry into the race. He also invites cynics to say he’s turning his family tragedy into fuel for his campaign. Either way, Biden seems to be putting pressure on his family about the run (it’s up to them), rather than shielding them from the exposure.