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Joe Biden on Presidential Run: 'I Would Not Hesitate' If Emotional Energy Is There

The vice president continues to weigh the plusses and minuses of jumping into the race.
US Vice President Joe Biden addresses the Brookings Institution discussion on 'Expanding Employment Opportunities' at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on March 11, 2015.

US Vice President Joe Biden addresses the Brookings Institution discussion on 'Expanding Employment Opportunities' at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on March 11, 2015.

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Vice President Joe Biden opened up for the first time publicly about his painful deliberations over whether to run for president so soon after his son Beau’s death to brain cancer, saying the key question is “whether my family and I have the emotional energy to run.”

“Can I do it? Can my family undertake what is an arduous commitment that we’d be proud to undertake in ordinary circumstances?” Biden told an audience of 2,000 people at an Atlanta synagogue Thursday night, during a question-and-answer session following a speech he gave on U.S. foreign policy. “The honest-to-God answer is I just don’t know.”