Joe Biden Won’t Run For President in 2016 [WATCH]
For months, Democratic voters have been eyeing Joe Biden, almost certain he would enter the race for the White House in 2016. Vice President Biden had cited many reasons for what seemed like his stalling, the recent death of his son among them. Many assumed that he was biding (pun?) his time, but that’s no longer a possibility. Joe Biden has just made a formal statement that he will not run for president in 2016.
In the minute-and-a-half video above, Biden gives his reasons for not mounting a campaign for the presidential nomination, and that reason is, in fact, the death of his son Beau. He talks about the grieving process, and that the time he and his family needs to mourn has cut significantly into the time necessary to create a winning campaign. He asserts that he has no time left.
“Unfortunately, I believe we’re out of time, the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the nomination. But while I will not be a candidate, I will not be silent.”
Biden went on to praise the efforts of President Barack Obama, and asserted that he believes it would be a mistake to try to undo his “legacy.”
The most important effect of Biden’s refusal to run will be on Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Biden posed the largest threat to Clinton’s second bid for the Democratic nomination, and without such a formidable and popular adversary, it looks like her path is all but clear.
He does, however, have criticism for Clinton, which she may well take as words of wisdom. Biden recently criticized Clinton’s remarks that Republicans are “enemies.” Biden said in this speech, “They are our opposition; they’re not our enemies. And for the sake of the country, we have to work together.”
With Joe Biden emphatically out of the race, Hillary Clinton’s only other serious opponent is Bernie Sanders, an extreme socialist who nevertheless has inspired great waves of support, especially after last week’s Democratice Debate.
Despite Biden’s obvious indecision prior to this announcement, it’s clear that his first priority is mourning his son and preserving the overall health of his family, while also using his political platform to influence, educate, and inspire voters.
“We intend — the whole family, not just me — we intend to spend the next 15 months fighting for what we’ve always cared about, what my family’s always cared about, with every ounce of our being.