Colbert Hammers Joe Biden on 2020 Run: 'What the Hell, Vice President?'

Vice President Joe Biden spurred rumors on Capital Hill earlier this week when he hinted that he just may run for president again.


"Yeah I am, what the hell, man," he told an NBC reporter when asked if he was mulling a 2020 run.

But "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert had another important question for the Veep. 

"You've said that you have regretted every day not running [in 2016]," Colbert reminded Biden. "Was there a particular day or days, because for me it was November 9, about three weeks ago." 

Biden smirked.

He made the decision not to enter the 2016 presidential race following the death of his son Beau. By October, he announced that he would not be seeking the Democratic nomination, a decision he said was ultimately the right call at the time. Instead, Biden took the time to heal with his family and work toward his "cancer moonshot."

While Biden has become a sort of cult figure in the Democratic Party, he joked that this may backfire should he run for president again. 

"I did that for one reason," he said of his remarks about a 2020 run. "Now I'm not running to be popular again."

Colbert was disappointed. 

"What the hell, Vice President?" Colbert asked.

Biden wouldn't say yes or no in response.

"I'm a great respecter of fate," Biden explained. "I don't plan on running again, but to say you know what's going to happen in four years, I just think is not rational."

"That is the sound of a door creaking open, that's what that is," Colbert told the VP.

One thing's for certain: Biden won't let his age discourage him. 

"What I learned a long time ago was to never say never, you don't know what's going to happen. Hell, Donald Trump's going to be 74, I'll be 77, in better shape," Biden mused.

That gave Colbert an idea for a debate tactic. "Maybe arm-wrestling," he suggested. 

The two then engaged in a pep talk for America on the cusp of a Trump presidency, and it's hilarious:

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