Biden Denounces Rumors of Democratic Bid
It’s official: Vice President Joe Biden will not be seeking the presidency in 2016. In a brief statement at the White House on Wednesday, Biden ended the public’s long anticipation over whether he would be seeking the Democratic bid this coming election by definitely announcing he was unable to enter the race.
The general public of the United States had agonized over the possibility of Biden running for months, as other democratic candidates began to launch their own campaigns. The 72-year-old seemed unwilling to give a definitive answer, even as Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton began to gain headway.
After unsuccessful runs in 1988, and then again in 2008, Biden seemed reluctant to the public to run again, though he began to probe for donors in September. This left the public wondering.
In an emotional interview with Stephen Colbert in September, Biden hinted at his emotional instability and wariness about seeking the Presidency after the death of his son, Beau Biden. According to TIME, Biden’s son Beau, who died of brain cancer in May, told his father that his final wish was for him to run for President in 2016. Despite this, Biden remained unsure for months and did not participate in much of the democratic candidates’ events, such as the first democratic debate earlier this month.
This period of uncertainty ended when in Biden’s thirteen-minute speech alongside President Obama at the White House’s Rose Garden, he stated that he and his family needed time to grieve properly.
“As my family and I have worked through the grieving process, I’ve said all along… that it may very well be that the process by the time we get through it closes the window,” said Biden, “I’ve concluded it has closed.”
The news certainly comes as refreshing to Hillary Clinton, whose campaign has been marred by hit after political hit, from the email scandal to Benghazi. Clinton has a comfortable lead over her biggest opponent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, and the Biden announcement pulls her even more ahead. Biden held 11 percent of support in important swing state New Hampshire according to the Public Policy Polling survey, making his dropping out potentially very beneficial to Clinton.
In a written statement by the presidential hopeful, Clinton stated “Joe Biden is a good man and a great vice president,” continuing to praise him for his allegiance to the United States and his family.
“He made a difficult decision based on the needs of his family and his view of his future, and I respect the decision that he made,” Sanders told reporters in New York on Wednesday.
The Vice President was not resigned at his announcement despite his supporters’ disappointment. He vowed to spend the rest of his time as Vice President dedicated to fighting for the issues he and the President have been working on for the past seven years, such as health care and unemplyment.
“I’m proud to have played a part [in the Obama administration],” Biden proclaimed, “This party, our nation, will be making a tragic mistake if we walk away, or attempt to undo the Obama legacy.”