Former Vice President Joe Biden was not interested in becoming a Vice President until Barack Obama offered him the job. He has recalled his reluctance to join the Obama team.
“I didn’t want to be vice president, I never aspired to the job,” Biden said in San Francisco promoting his new memoir “Promise Me, Dad,” which chronicles the year his son Beau died of brain cancer in 2015.
“I’m flattered Barack, but I don’t want to be vice president,” Biden said he told Obama in 2008, when the then-candidate asked him to be his running mate. “[Obama] said, ‘How much time do you need?’ I said, ‘I don’t need any time.’”
“There’s no power in the vice presidency ― you’re stand-by equipment,” Biden added. “I had a reputation as being a powerful senator, and I thought I could help Barack more by staying in the Senate.”
Biden said last year he does not plan to run for president in 2020.