Jill Biden Ponders Whether 'America Missed an Opportunity' When Husband Didn't Run

Joe Biden's wife talked about her husband's emotional decision to skip 2016 run.

ByALEXANDER MALLIN
April 15, 2016, 9:34 AM
PHOTO: Jill Biden introduces her husband, Vice President Joe Biden, at The White House Summit on Working Families, in Washington, June 23, 2014.
Jill Biden introduces her husband, Vice President Joe Biden, at The White House Summit on Working Families, in Washington, June 23, 2014.
Charles Dharapak/AP Photo

— -- Amid an increasingly contentious Democratic race, second lady Jill Biden said in a recent interview that "maybe America missed an opportunity" after her husband's emotional decision not to run for president.

“Well, you know I say every day … I really do feel that Joe would have made a great president,” Biden said in an interview with NBC News' Natalie Morales that aired this morning. “I think that … one of his strengths is compromise. So I feel maybe America missed an opportunity."

Vice President Joe Biden announced his decision not to run for president in October, saying he had run out of time to mount an effective campaign.

Instead, Biden launched an ongoing "moonshot" effort to seek a cure for cancer following the May death of son Beau.

"I don't know. It just wasn't the right time,” Biden said of her husband's decision not to enter the Democratic Party primary.

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