Joe Biden made several digs to President Donald Trump without calling him by his name at John McCain's funeral on Thursday.
The former vice president highlighted the qualities of the late senator that many would not associate with the president in his eulogy.
"It was not about politics with John," Biden practically shouted from the pulpit of Phoenix North Baptist Church. "I could disagree about the substance, but it was the underlying values that animated everything John did, everything that was."
The harsh words come when the former vice president considers a challenge for Trump in 2002.
Joe Biden highlighted the qualities of John McCain that most would not associate with President Trump in his greeting to the late senator
President Trump has said that Biden would be a "dream" to fight against
"Where he would be separated from you if he did not have the basic values of decency and respect, knowing that this project is bigger than you," Biden added aloud.
Biden's greeting to McCain offered a remarkable contrast with Trump.
"He could not stand the abuse of power, wherever he saw it," Biden noted of McCain, "in any form, in any country."
"It was always about basic values with John: impartiality, honesty, respect," he added.
Biden has said he will make a decision on a presidential offer by 2020 in January 2019.
The former vice president has been helping the Democratic candidates in the 2018 elections, especially giving a boost to Democratic congressman Connor Lamb, who won the special elections in March in a district of the House that opted for Trump in 2016.
Biden's praise for McCain peppered with his folk talk that is a trademark of Biden.
Biden burst into tears as he remembered his old friend John McCain
Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden pause with their hands in their hearts as they watch a military honor guard place the coffin of Senator John McCain in a hearse after a memorial service at North Phoenix Baptist Church. Thursday
And, sometimes, it sounded like something one would hear at the campaign rally.
During certain moments, the former vice president was encouraged when he spoke of the current political climate, his voice growing louder and his hands waving as he defended McCain's values and denounced the lack of respect seen in Washington.
The McCain dispute with Trump goes back to the roots of the 2016 presidential election. The gap between the two men was never healed.
The late senator was one of the president's toughest critics and forbade him to attend his funeral.
Biden's defense of McCain's values sounded like a direct reprimand for Trump.
"John understood that the United States was first and foremost an idea," he said.
Joe Biden embraces Cindy McCain after the funeral for the late senator
President Trump with first lady Melania Trump at a reception at the White House on Wednesday
Biden and McCain served in Congress together for more than two decades, forging a friendship that withstood the test of time and the brutal presidential race that pitted senators of opposing parties against each other.
And Biden criticized the tone of politics in the nation's capitol.
"Everything we do today is to attack the opposition in both parties: their motives, not the substance of their argument."
Biden would probably attract the same blue-collar voters in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Ohio who helped put Trump in the White House.
Trump, meanwhile, said in July that Biden would be his Democratic opponent "dreamed" in the 2020 presidential contest.
& # 39; I dream of Biden. That's a dream, "he told CBS News when asked about the upcoming presidential election.
Then he looked for the former vice president.
– Look, Joe Biden ran three times. He never got more than 1 percent and President Obama took him out of the garbage dump, and everyone was surprised he did. I'd love it to be Biden, "said Trump.
It is unclear what Trump was referring to when he said that Biden ran three times. The former vice president looked for the Democratic nomination in 1988 and 2008, but he never obtained it at any time. There were speculations that he would throw his hat into the ring in 2016, but eventually it did not run that year.