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Kaine told Biden he would run for president ‘too soon’ in 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine said on Wednesday that former Vice President Joe Biden was convinced he should make a presidential run before he made his final decision to join the race for the Democratic nomination.

“I think Joe was very, very aware of the debates about his chances,” Kaine said of Biden’s 2016 deliberations, which have been public. “He thought there was still a fair bit of distance to cover, and I think he knew from the get-go he had a very, very good shot. And so he made the decision.”

Biden had not ruled out running for president in 2016, but it was too early to know he would. When he did make his final decision, he confirmed that he had taken serious steps toward running, he said in an interview with Rachel Maddow on MSNBC.

“The time in 2016 I understood where I was at,” Biden said. “I was making the very final, final, final decision. I understood the good and the bad, as I now realize they are endless. But I made it just because I was compelled to do it. And I know it was made partly to satisfy my husband, who was I think inclined to do it, because at some point he’d had enough.”