Monday on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” NBC News’ Lead Capitol Hill correspondent Kelly O’Donnell reported and played audio from her iPhone of an impromptu interview in which Vice President Joe Biden said he is considering a run for president in 2020.
O’Donnell said, “The vice president was here presiding over the Senate while a bill that has now been named in the honor of his son, Beau, who died of cancer—a cancer-related treatment bill. So he was here and it was sort of an emotional setting. He came off the Senate floor, a small group of us were talking to him, asking him about what did this mean and so forth. I said, you know, these are the final days of your time in office, did that add to the emotion? And he began talking about what it means for him in the Senate. And he said, ‘I’m going to run again,’ and we actually laughed, assuming he was teasing, thinking that his career in public life had come to an end. I’ll read exactly what he said.”