Vice President Joe Biden says he won’t run for president in 2016. His decision finalizes the Democratic Party’s field of White House candidates and sets Biden on a glide path toward the end of his decades-long political career.
Biden admitted that the “window” of opportunity to mount a presidential campaign had closed, suggesting that his family took too long to reach a decision.
“Unfortunately, I believe we’re out of time, the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the nomination,” he said.
After the CNN Democratic Debate, many in the party closed ranks behind Hillary Clinton after she appeared confident and capable of running the field.
Biden sources continued to express optimism to reporters that their friend would eventually jump in the race, but he kept delaying the decision, blowing through multiple reported deadlines.
Just yesterday, he delivered two different speeches at an event rambling though his record in the Vice Presidency, and hinted that he was more qualified than Hillary to be Obama’s successor.
Biden also spent a lengthy amount of time meeting with Obama on Tuesday for lunch and discussing his political intentions. He appeared frustrated by the increasingly angry partisan tone of his party, emphasizing the importance of working together.
“I still have a lot of Republican friends, I don’t think my chief enemy is the Republican party, this is a matter of making things work,” he said during his speech yesterday.
He repeated that theme today by calling for Washington to “function” again and embrace bi-partisanship.