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Joe Biden will not run for president

Joe Biden announcing his decision

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Joe Biden announcing his decision



Vice President Joe Biden just announced he will not run for president in 2015, conceding the window to mount a campaign has "closed."

Speaking from the Rose Garden, flanked by President Obama and his wife, Biden said he would not have time to prepare a credible campaign. "Unfortunately, I believe we're out of time," he said, clearly thinking he had a viable path to the nomination.

His decision also comes as Hillary Clinton has rebounded from her struggles, with the GOP Benghazi hearings coming under attack and her strong debate performance.

Biden said he would have liked to be the president who saw an end to cancer and bemoaned hyper partisanship and the outsize role of money in politics. Americans, he said, should not turn its back on the work he and Obama have done and pledged to continue to be a voice in the party.

"Joe Biden has and will continue to dedicate his life to helping every American do better. Couldn't be prouder to call him a fellow Democrat," said Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the DNC.

Biden had begun to explore the possibility several months ago, fueled by the death of his son, Beau, of brain cancer in May.


[Last modified: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 1:37pm]


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