Yet Biden failed to keep his run on the rails, and hopped out of the contenders' car just a few months later.
''There will be other Presidential campaigns. And I'll be there, out front. I'll be there. There will be other opportunities. There will be other battles, and other places, other times. And I'll be there." -- Joe Biden dropping out of 1988 presidential race (9/23/87) pic.twitter.com/gbzFcd8rrt
As promised in that 1988 speech, there were "other presidential campaigns," namely 2008's. Biden formally revealed his run in a Jan. 31, 2007 Meet the Press appearance, and followed it up with a video on his website.
Biden's withdrawal from the race didn't come until nearly a year later after rolling into fifth place in the Iowa caucus, and he made that choice in a small speech to supporters and staffers. Of course, Biden still ended up in the White House, becoming former President Barack Obama's running mate at this Aug. 23, 2008 event in Illinois.