“They said I was probably the strongest single senator that he’s ever seen,” Joe Biden, the former vice president of the United States, recently told me about his interaction with Pope Francis at the United Nations in 2015. “He said, ‘Go tell them.’ He was so impressed.”
Biden recounted the meeting in an interview that was taped for Fusion, a programming block sponsored by ABC News and its Latino sibling Fusion Media Group. It will air on Fusion on Nov. 16.
As Biden entered the stage, the pontiff “came up to me, and he grabbed my arm,” Biden told Fusion. “And he leaned in and he whispered, ‘We need to do something together. We’ve got to do something together.’”
“And he said, ‘I think what you need to do is not just stand in the Senate and fight with me, but do something with us that would give other people hope.’ And he pointed out several people. And he said, ‘One of those people is you.’”
Biden went on to support Obama’s push for the Iran nuclear deal and other policies favored by the Vatican. The meeting also marked Biden’s return to his longtime senatorial seat, after his son Beau, Beau’s father, died from brain cancer in May 2015.
The topic of Biden’s young life was not broached during the interview, though he raised it at one point:
“[You] asked me the question ‘You weren’t perfect.’ But I was blessed with a very important thing: I had my family,” Biden said. “That allowed me to understand what I needed to do and not only be responsible for my own life, but responsible for my children.”
“It’s not that I had to save my children, but I also had to be responsible for my children’s lives. That was a deal, and that’s a gift.”
You can watch the full interview below.
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