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Joe Biden: 'What's the news' in saying I'd be the best president?

It's probably one of the most common questions Vice President Joe Biden gets from reporters lately: With how the presidential primary races have shaken out, is he at peace with not running for president this year?

The Democrat got that question again in Orlando on Thursday while speaking briefly with state and regional reporters, as he visited a soul-food restaurant and campaigned for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy.

Biden commented on recent headlines from national media, which were based on a remark Biden made earlier this week to "Good Morning America" co-host Robin Roberts. He told Roberts: "I would have been the best president."

"Why the hell would you run if you didn't think you're the best candidate? What's the news in that?" he said. "It doesn't mean that other candidates aren't really good, but it was the right decision for me and my family."

Emphasizing again that he has "no regrets," he said his decision to not run "had nothing to do with the other candidates. I really mean that."

When asked about Donald Trump specifically, Biden avoided an opportunity to openly criticize the GOP front-runner and, instead joked: "I have trouble figuring out the Democratic Party let alone the Republican Party."

Watch his remarks above.

[Last modified: Friday, May 13, 2016 1:08pm]

    

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