Biden says family on board with 2020 run

Former U.S Vice president Joe Biden speaks at the University of Pennsylvania

Former U.S Vice president Joe Biden speaks at the University of Pennsylvania

On Tuesday's broadcast of CNN's "Situation Room", Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) said he will endorse former Vice President Joe Biden if Biden runs for president in 2020.

"I have not made the final decision - but don't be surprised", he teased.

Biden made the remarks at the University of DE while hosting presidential historian and author Jon Meacham to discuss Meacham's book "The Soul of America: The Battle of Our Better Angels".

Biden spoke of his family deliberations along with considerations about how he'd fund a campaign and the new technology that would be required to wage a modern bid for the Democratic nomination. This time around, he said the family is ready for him to get in the race. "And from being pushed prodded by my son Hunter and my wife Jill and my daughter - we just had a family meeting with all the grandkids too - and there's a consensus that I should", he told the gathering.

"The first hurdle for me was deciding whether or not I am comfortable taking the family through what would be a very, very hard campaign", Biden said during a conversation with presidential historian Jon Meacham. "I don't want this to be a fool's errand".

"Oh my god, just say yes", she said after Biden said he was "very close" to making a decision. Biden struggled with whether he could mount a credible campaign while dealing with such a significant loss; eventually he decided the time had passed for him to run.

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Biden and his small circle of advisers have been getting briefings from digital campaign consultants.

"We do everything by family meetings, because no man or woman has a right to run for public office without it being a family decision", the former longtime DE senator said.

Meanwhile, Biden said he wants to be able to raise the money required to compete and win, while also adhering to personal conditions.

"In the time that I've observed...you are punished as a public official...if you turn out to be something different than what you advertise to be", Biden said.

Finally, Biden said his team is putting together a campaign organizational plan that "reflects who we are as a country, made up of women and men and African-Americans, Hispanic, Latino, Asian, to reflect who I am".

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