Where Joe Biden Is Coming From

The vice president's emotion-laden impulses may lead him to challenge Hillary Clinton, no matter how stark the electoral realities are.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks after receiving the Green Jobs Champion Award during the Good Jobs Green Jobs National Conference at the Washington Hilton April 13, 2015 in Washington, DC.

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Three years ago, in mid-August 2012, I spent several days in close quarters with Joe Biden for a magazine profile I was writing. In an interview in his cabin aboard Air Force Two, I asked Biden about a topic much discussed back then, and even more so—to put it mildly—at this moment: the possibility that he might run for president in 2016.

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