“I think you should run for President and I’ll be your Vice President,” Joe Biden said to Stephen Colbert today. The remarks came in what was an emotional interview at the Ed Sullivan Theater for the VP; it was the first TV interview Biden has given since his eldest son Beau died in late May. “I was a hell of a success,’ Biden told Colbert. “My son was better than me. He was better than me in every way.”
Two days after Jeb Bush showed up on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the VPOTUS and potential 2016 candidate stopped by while in NYC for a series of other events. The taped segment is scheduled to air Thursday on Colbert’s third night as the CBS late-night host.
It was clear that Biden wasn’t going to be making any 2016 announcement tonight, though he did discuss the pursuit of the White House, according to pool reports. “I don’t think any man or woman should run for president unless, number one, they know exactly why they would want to be president, and two, they can look at folks out there and say, ‘I promise you have my whole heart, my whole soul, my energy, and my passion,'” he said. “And I’d be lying if I said that I knew I was there. I’m being completely honest. Nobody has a right in my view to seek that office unless they are willing to give it 110 percent of who they are.”
While some Hollywood power bundlers worry he could be a 2016 distraction or disruption, Biden has said before that he will be making a decision about a third White House run soonish. With filing deadlines for the primaries coming fast, he has to make the call before the end of November to avoid losing a chance at up to 500 delegates for the 2016 Democratic Convention. Not that he did not have a presence from the PAC trying to get the VP to run.
— Draft Joe Biden (@draftbiden) September 10, 2015
“It’s going to be emotional for a lot of people if you don’t run,” Colbert told Biden and the supportive studio audience. “Your example of suffering and service is something that would be sorely missed in the race.” One name that didn’t get a lot of time on The Late Show tonight was Donald Trump, even though Air Force 2 parked next to a Trump-branded jet at LaGuardia today. Dreaming of ratings to come, CBS also announced today that Trump himself will be on with Colbert on September 22.
Thursday is not the first time Biden and Colbert have broken TV bread together. Biden, who has shown up on the likes of Parks And Recreation and other shows over the years, made a quick cameo on The Colbert Report back in 2010. In that appearance, the VP handed out hot dogs to troops in the studio audience. “Hey man, to you, that’s Mr. Vice President,” Biden shot back at Colbert in his conservative pundit role. After getting a big laugh, Biden later sat down to chat with Colbert.
There’ll be more late-night White Housing with Trump hitting The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Friday and Hillary Clinton heading to the NBC show on September 16. The latter visit is the very night that Trump and other GOP contenders are going to be on CNN having their second debate this year. Populist upstart Sen. Bernie Sanders is set for The Late Show on September 18.
Earlier today, Biden visited the NYC’s Medical Examiner’s offices to announce $41 million in grant awards to 20 jurisdictions to get rid of or reduce the number of untested sexual assault kits America. Biden was accompanied by Attorney General Loretta Lynch, NYC DA Cyrus Vance Jr, and Law & Order: SVU’s Mariska Hargitay.
— Vice President Biden (@VP) September 10, 2015
Angelenos will be getting some more Biden soon too. Having last been here in late July and bringing road closures galore with him, the Veep is returning to L.A. on September 16 to give a speech downtown at the U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit. While James Cameron is scheduled to be at the summit too; no word if Biden plans any hobnobbing with Hollywood types in a fishing expedition for fundraisers — no word that he doesn’t either. And he knows Hillary will be busy that night.