One day after receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden appeared on ABC’s daytime talk show The View to discuss what it was like to receive the highest civilian honor, looking back over the past eight years and what he hopes the future Trump Administration does and does not do.
Biden also revealed what his future plans will be after he is no longer serving as Vice President. Does it involve a certain presidential election in four years? Well, not exactly.
Back in December, Biden told reporters he would run for President again, but it was only meant as a joke, as he reiterated on The View:
“The context of the question was like, what are you going to do now, Daddy, the war is over. … And I jokingly said–because the press had been following me through Capitol Hill all day–I said, I’m going to run. They said, run for what? And I said, run for President. But it was in that spirit that said I have no intention of running for President. But I do have intentions to stay deeply involved in everything I’ve done my whole life.”
Later on, when co-host Paula Faris claimed that Biden has said ‘never say never’ about running in 2020, his wife, Dr. Jill Biden chimed in: “Wait a minute. Talk to me!”
So while it doesn’t seem likely that Biden will run for President again, his comment above about staying “deeply involved in everything I’ve done my whole life” are what we should be paying attention to because the soon-to-be former Vice President has huge plans for the future, which will be formally announced after he leaves office.
“I’ve tried to work out a deal where I can…take my substantive staff of the vice presidency, some of the most serious people in Washington on domestic and foreign policy. The University of Delaware and the University of Pennsylvania are providing me platforms where I’ll have a considerable amount of money for paid staff working for me on the issues that I care about.”
Those issues he wants to continue working on in the future include cancer care, foreign policy, domestic policy and violence against women. And he’s going to do it “with about $6 million worth of staff.” He went on to say, “And we’re going to run an entire operation out of the University of Delaware where I have–if you name the 10 best people in the country on this issue, three of them are going to be working full-time with me.”
Cancer care hits close to home for Biden. His son Beau died of brain cancer in 2015. As a result, Biden has been working on the Cancer Moonshot initiative to find immunotherapies and, ultimately, a cure for cancer.
Biden acknowledged that, in the past, there was no organization. He plans to change that:
“When Nixon declared the war on cancer, he had no army, he had no weapons, he had no knowledge….Now it’s a collaborative effort.”
Violence against women is another issue at the top of Biden’s list, as he drafted the Violence Against Women Act that President Bill Clinton signed into law in 1994.
When asked why he wants to continue focusing on this issue, here’s what Biden said:
“Because we can and are able to change the culture in America….Violence against women and domestic partners is down 67% except in one area…And I found out that the number of women between the ages of 14 and 24, that rape and sexual assault hasn’t decreased at all.”
While participating in a virtual town hall meeting, young women from high school to college told him that men need to get involved. “Guys, it’s on us,” Biden said. “We have a moral obligation. We have an obligation to step up. We have an obligation to speak out.”
You can watch this segment of Biden’s View interview below: