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Joe Biden's Late Show Appearance With Stephen Colbert Turns Emotional

The vice president details how his struggle to deal with the death of his son is impacting his decision on whether to run for president.
CHATTANOOGA, TN - AUGUST 15: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden pauses as he speaks at a memorial service to honor those killed In Chattanooga shooting at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's McKenzie Arena on August 15, 2015 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The military is putting on the ceremony to honor the sailor and four Marines killed and to say thank you to the men and women who helped responded when Mohammad Abdulazeez shot up a military recruitment center and a Navy operations support center before being killed by law enforcement,

CHATTANOOGA, TN - AUGUST 15: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden pauses as he speaks at a memorial service to honor those killed In Chattanooga shooting at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's McKenzie Arena on August 15, 2015 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The military is putting on the ceremony to honor the sailor and four Marines killed and to say thank you to the men and women who helped responded when Mohammad Abdulazeez shot up a military recruitment center and a Navy operations support center before being killed by law enforcement,

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Stephen Colbert’s new comedy show was effectively preempted on Thursday, its third day on the air, in favor of a wrenching, intimate conversation about love, loss, and running for president between the comedian and Vice President Joe Biden, who said he still has moments when he breaks down over the recent death of his son Beau, and “you can’t do that” during a presidential campaign.

Colbert, who lost his father and two brothers in a plane crash when he was 10, begged Biden to get in the race anyway. “It’s going to be emotional for a lot of people if you don’t run,” Colbert told him, adding that the things he alone could bring would otherwise “be sorely missed in the race.”