FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2016, file photo, Vice President Joe Biden speaks after touring the Port of New Orleans to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in New Orleans. Biden, in a radio interview airing Thursday, Feb. 18, that President Obama is looking to nominate a Supreme Court candidate who has enjoyed past Republican support, offering some of the first indications of the president’s criteria in replacing the late Justice Antonin Scalia. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Joe Biden Reveals His Fear of the Clinton Machine…And His Presidential Regret

In his new memoir, Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose, which drops next week, former Vice President Joe Biden has made some interesting revelations. The Daily Mail reports that America’s Crazy Uncle chose not to run for president in 2016 because he feared the vast Clinton machinery.

Biden reveals how he wrestled with the idea of running for office before and after his son Beau’s death, and even admits he did not want to be Obama’s vice president in 2008…

Clinton was the only opposition to him – and what he does not say in the book is what ‘stop at nothing’ would mean.

But at the time his bereaved family was being torn apart by his surviving son Hunter’s bitter split from his wife amid accusations of blowing a fortune on drugs and sex with prostitutes.

Biden believed that the difficulty of his family life at the time would have provided plenty of fodder for Clinton and those in her orbit to go after him. (It’s not much less of a soap opera now: Hunter Biden is now in a relationship with Beau’s widow.)

Biden still holds that he could have beaten Trump had he become the Democrat’s nominee.

‘My numbers on trustworthiness, honesty, and empathy were as high as they had ever been. And I was strongest where the most formidable candidate, Hillary Clinton, was weakest: the key swing states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida,’ he writes.

The former VP is making the talk show circuit, including interviews with Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres.

‘I have a regret that I am not president,’ Biden candidly told Oprah, for an interview with OWN, which airs Sunday. ‘Because I think there’s so much opportunity. I think America’s so incredibly well-positioned.’

On Ellen, the comedian pleaded with the ex-vice president to run for the presidency in 2020.

‘Just remember, that is what I’d like to see,’ Ellen said. ‘I don’t know if it’s going to be myself or Oprah as your running mate,’ she said, grabbing his hand.

Ellen can keep ruminating on what could be – and Biden can keep speculating on what might have been. But just remember: we may be saved by the fact that Biden will be 77 in the run up to the 2020 election, so we may not have to see his hair plugs and shiny veneers on the campaign trail next go ’round. And that’s a good thing.

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