Vice President Joe Biden announced at the White House today that he will not run for President, welcome news for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as she seeks the Dem nomination.
According to Politico:
“Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday ended months of breathless will-he-or-won’t-he speculation about a potential presidential run, saying he’s concluded that he’s simply “out of time” to mount a real and winnable campaign.
The announcement, in the Rose Garden, with Biden flanked by President Barack Obama and his wife, Jill, means the vice president is foregoing what would have been a third run and likely the last chance to fulfill a lifelong quest to the highest office in the nation. In characteristic Biden fashion, he spoke plainly and emotionally of the enduring pain of the May death his son, Beau, of brain cancer, and the unpredictable timetable of the grieving process that doesn’t respect filing deadlines or debates or primaries.
“I’ve said all along what I’ve said time and again to others: that it may very well be that that process, by the time we get through it, closes the window on mounting a realistic campaign for president: that it might close,” Biden said. “I’ve concluded that it has closed.”