Vice president Joe Biden told reporters Monday he would (maybe, potentially?) running for president in 2020, then sat down to chat with Stephen Colbert on the Late Show Tuesday to chat about his presidential plans, cancer research legislation, and try to soothe the public's nerves about the transition of power to Donald Trump.
Biden's time on the show started off with Colbert calling a "family meeting," where he and "Pops Joe," as Colbert lovingly called the vice president, chatted to the audience of upset American citizens. "It'll be over in four years, maybe eight," Biden said.
Discussing whether or not Biden will run for office in 2020, the vice president said, "What I'm sure of, is that with every ounce of energy in me, I'm gonna continue to fight for the things that I've always believed, in which I think are basic and fundamental American values. It sounds corny, but there are two things: everyone deserves to be treated with dignity, and the second fundamental principle is the abuse of power should not be tolerated at all under any circumstances."
Colbert and Biden also discussed legislation Biden and president Obama have supported, which they've called the "Cancer Moonshot," to try to cure for cancer in next 10 years.
"One of the things that gives me hope is that—on this issue at least—is that you and the president and leadership from the other side have been able to bring people together," Colbert said. "There's a bill that has now passed the House and it just passed the Senate, and it's going to be going to the president's desk for a signature, allocating $1.8 billion to this effort, the Moonshoot, along with other research."
Colbert also noted how encouraging it was that Republican Mitch McConnell named the bill for Biden's son, who died of cancer last year.