Biden Sits Down With NewsChannel 5

Posted at 9:54 PM, May 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-09 23:40:37-04

Vice President Joe Biden sat down with NewsChannel 5's Rhori Johnston in a one-on-on interview on key issues he and the President plan to focus on during their final months in office.

After 36 years in the United States Senate, and eight as Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden was far from reflective.  He still had work to do. 

His tenure as the second most powerful man in the free world has included serving as President Obama's primary liaison to Congress. 

Yet, Biden has also taken a leadership role in key foreign policy issues -- with numerous diplomatic trips overseas. 

Last summer, he surprised many by announcing he wouldn't run for President, clearing the way for now front-runner and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  His decision came after the untimely death of his son Beau Biden, from brain cancer. 

He has led the fight for what he calls the "Cancer Moonshot" -- an unprecedented effort to unite cancer researchers and scientists from around the world to find a cure. 

He planned to continue that mission after he leaves office.  But for the time being, he was focused on pushing President Obama's agenda until his final day in office next January. 

Part of that agenda was to convince Republican Senators, his former colleagues across the aisle,  to hold a hearing for Obama's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court:  Merrick Garland. 

That was at the top of the agenda when the Vice President's office invited NewsChannel 5 to Washington last week for a sit down, one-on-one interview. 

He also discussed Tennessee's efforts to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (Insure Tennessee), and his personal thoughts about the Volunteer state, and his many friends here.