The former vice-president of the Obama administration, Joe Biden, recently shared that he regrets not running for president in 2016. Biden announced this in front of a student audience at the Colgate University in central New York state on Friday. Biden stated that he believes he could have won, had he run. In addition, he talked about the factors that convinced him not to run as a presidential candidate in the 2016 election.

Biden thinks he could have won

During his appearance at the Colgate University in New York, Biden delivered a 30-minute lecture on technology, education, taxation, the fourth industrial revolution, and infrastructure investment.

His lecture was followed by a question and answer session, where he spoke about President Trump and his regrets over the presidential election.

Biden said: "The answer is that I had planned on running for president. And although it would have been a very difficult primary, I think I could have won." The former vice-president had already run for president two times: once in 1988 and in 2008. He added that he regrets his decision now, especially with President Trump in office.

Biden also talked about how his son's death from brain cancer in 2015 affected his decision. At the time, he was grieving. He considered himself unable to promise to the people of the United States that he could dedicate himself completely and focus 100% on his role as president.

Thoughts on President Trump

During the question and answer session, Biden also talked about President Trump. He said: “I don’t have a lot of hope now. I hope that he succeeds." Biden did not go into much detail regarding Trump, and only added that he hopes that Trump grows into his job.

A local Republican couple in their sixties were quoted as saying that they would have liked to have seen Biden as a presidential candidate. In retrospect, Biden's victory chances would have been high. He has the ability to unite both conservatives and liberals, with more than enough experience for the job.