Former Vice President Joe Biden told ABC in an interview he will not travel to Milwaukee to speak at the Democratic National Convention in July.
“I’m not going to be there, I don’t know how I could do that, I have been a senator in Washington, D.C., for 40 years,” he said, adding he would have to be “on call” to talk to his family. “I just don’t feel comfortable putting my family through that.”
Biden responded to a question about a possible convention speech after former Vice President Walter Mondale was hospitalized earlier in the week. Mondale was hospitalized on Tuesday, but released after resting for several days, according to the Associated Press.
According to the AP, doctors were unsure if the 86-year-old Mondale would attend the Democratic National Convention, which is expected to be held in Milwaukee from July 23-26. The statement added Mondale is currently “back home and resting.”
Biden served as vice president from 2009 to 2017. He has been criticized by some who believed he should have been given the nomination during the 2016 presidential campaign, when Hillary Clinton lost the nomination to Bernie Sanders.
Biden has not ruled out presidential runs in 2020.
“I don’t plan on running for anything,” he said. “But I hope I stay in the public conversation and able to continue to have a say in it.”
He was known as an effective White House adviser to former President Barack Obama. Last year, he stepped down from his position as head of the Obama Foundation.