Vice President Joe Biden Decides Not to Enter Presidential Race
By: Erin Johnson and S.H. Harding, Xiro Xone News October 21, 2015
Vice President Joe Biden has announced he will not to run for president in 2016. After long speculation about whether he would enter the race, Biden said that he would not make a third run for the presidency because he doesn't have enough time to pull together a campaign.
"What I’ve said time and again is it may very well be that the process, by the time we get through it, closes the window," Biden said during a press conference at the Rose Garden with President Obama looking on. "I concluded it has closed. " Vice President Biden’s announcement comes a week after the democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas.
A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showed Biden in third place behind Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Biden has been publicly mourning the death of his 46-year-old son, Beau. The vice president's late son died on May 30 from brain cancer.
"Beau is our inspiration," Biden said. "Unfortunately I believe we’re out of time, time to mount a winning nomination for the nomination”. Biden also said that he wouldn't sit on the sidelines of the presidential election and would be an active campaigner.
"While I will not be a candidate, I will not be silent," Biden said, sending a message that he would play the role of party enforcer and make sure Democratic candidates do not run away from the presidents legacy.
"This country will be making a tragic mistake if we walk away and try to undo the Obama legacy," Biden said. "Democrats should not only defend this record, they should run on this record."
"They're not our enemies, they're our opposition," Biden said before launching into a speech that detailed many of the things he would have focused on as a presidential candidate such as, curing cancer and improving education.