Revealing that he is considering a run for the presidency in 2020, former Vice President Joe Biden told a crowd at the University of Montana that he believes he is "the most qualified person in the country to be president."
Biden, who served as Barack Obama's vice president and was a U.S. senator for 36 years (1973 - 2009), made his remarks at the school as part of his book tour for the paperback edition of Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose. The book, which touches on political issues, is primarily about the death of Beau Biden, the former senator's son, who died in 2015 at age 46 from brain cancer.
Biden's first wife, Neilia Hunter, and their one-year-old daughter, Naomi, were killed in a car accident on Dec. 18, 1972.
"I'll be as straight with you as I can," Biden told the crowd on Monday, as reported by WDEL.com. "I think I'm the most qualified person in the country to be president."
The issues that we face as a country today are the issues that have been in my wheelhouse, that I've worked on my whole life," he said.
"No one should run for the job unless they believe that they would be qualified doing the job," he said. "I've been doing this my whole adult life, and the issues that are the most consequential relating to the plight of the middle class and our foreign policy are things that I have -- even my critics would acknowledge, I may not be right but I know a great deal about it."
As to whether he will run in 2020, Biden stated it was a family decision that is still being discussed.
"I have two young grandchildren my son [Beu Biden] left who love me and adore me and want me around," said the former vice president. "I want to be there to take care of them. So we've got to figure out whether or not this is something we can all do as a family."
"We're going to make that decision in the next six weeks to two months, and that's the basis of the decision," he said.
When asked about some of his drawbacks, such as his age, 76, and his tendency to make gaffes. Biden said, "I am a gaffe machine, but my God what a wonderful thing compared to a guy who can't tell the truth."
"I'm ready to litigate all those things, the question is what kind of nation are we becoming?" he said. "What are we going to do? Who are we?"
"Whether or not I run, whoever runs, I'm going to break my neck to make sure they win," said Biden. "We can't have four more years [of Trump]."