An Emotional Joe Biden Talks About His Late Son: ‘Beau Should Be The One Running For President, Not Me’

An Emotional Joe Biden Talks About His Late Son: ‘Beau Should Be The One Running For President, Not Me’

Former Vice President Joe Biden became emotional on Wednesday’s Morning Joe. The Democratic presidential candidate was speaking to MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and was clearly breaking down when discussing his late son, Beau.

“How much is he with you everyday on the campaign trail, how much guidance and how much inspiration do you get from Beau, and not only his memory but also I know you’re a person of deep faith, having Beau walk with you everyday,” Scarborough said.

Biden paused and took a breath before answering.

“Joe, Beau should be the one running for president, not me,” Biden said.

“Every morning I get up Joe, not a joke, I think to myself ‘Is he proud of me?'” Biden went on after steeling himself. “Because he’s the one who wanted me to stay engaged, made me promise, ‘Promise me dad, promise me dad you’ll stay engaged.'”

“Didn’t mean I had to run for president, but I would not, he was worried I would walk away from what I’ve worked on my whole life, since I’ve been 24 years old,” Biden said.

“And he is part of me, Joe.”

Discussing Beau often makes Biden visibly emotional and this was no different. He explained how he still draws inspiration from late son.

“He’d grab me, he’d be the last guy talking to me, he’d grab me and say ‘Dad, look at me Dad, look at me, remember Dad, home base. Home base. Doesn’t matter, just be who you are. Home base,'” Biden said. “I swear to God, you saw those pictures, I mean he grabbed me by the lapel. He still grabs me by the lapel every time I walk out.”

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche is Political Media Editor