Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Joe Biden Passes on Presidential Run

As repeatedly predicted by Hillary HQ, Vice President Joe Biden has announced that he will not seek the presidency in 2016.
Vice President Joe Biden will not run for president in 2016, he said Wednesday, ending a months-long flirtation with a third White House campaign and setting him on a glide path toward the end of his decades-long political career. ...
“Unfortunately, I believe we’re out of time,” Biden said, flanked by President Barack Obama in the Rose Garden.
Encouraged by Democrats seeking an alternative to Clinton, Biden had spent the past several months deeply engaged in discussions with his family and political advisers about entering the primary.
Yet as the deliberations dragged on, Democrats began publicly questioning whether it was too late for him to run, a notion that hardened after Clinton’s strong performance in last week’s Democratic debate.
In the end, Biden decided the timing was too late. He also was still grieving over the death of his son, former Delaware Attorney Beau Biden, who died of brain cancer in May.
I believe that he made the right decision for himself, his family, his party and his country, and it will only strengthen his legacy as a lifelong public servant as well as one of the best vice presidents in our nation's history.

Of course, as numerous recent polls have indicated, this decision will also help to unify the party behind Hillary Clinton and make her road to the nomination that much easier.

Thank you, Joe. You'll always be a BFD in my book!


  1. I'm very relieved he's not running. However, he should stop helping the GOP by taking cheap shots at Hillary.

    1. Which cheap shots do you mean?

    2. He did take cheap shots at Hillary by focusing his attention on what she said vis a vis the Republicans being her "enemies". Which anyone watching the debate could plainly see she was speaking tongue in cheek. Biden-lover Chris Matthews looked like he was going to cry this afternoon on MSNBC he was so disappointed Biden wasn't running--and Matthews said what Hillary said was "stupid". (another cheap shot from the media).

    3. That seemed pretty lightweight to me. An example of a cheap shot is O'Malley's comment about the presidency not being a crown passed between families.

    4. Yes, that is definitely worse. But I'm still not happy with Biden stabbing Hillary in the back by going to Maureen Dowd with that deathbed anecdote. He's been hoping her campaign would collapse so be could get in, but Hillary refused to cooperate.

    5. Let's be nice to Joe. He basically just sealed the nomination for Hillary and gave a really good speech making clear that he's all-in to keep Republicans out of the White House in 2016.

    6. You're right. I'll take my cue from Hillary's tweet. :-)

  2. Here's Hillary's full statement. Beautifully said.

    Joe Biden is a good man and a great Vice President. Serving alongside him in the Senate and then the administration, I saw first-hand his passion for our country and our people. Like millions of others, I admire his devotion to family, his grace in grief, his grit and determination on behalf of the middle class, and his unyielding faith in America’s promise. As Vice President, Joe has been by President Obama’s side for every pivotal decision. He helped save the auto industry and pull our economy back from the brink of depression. He continues to fight for higher wages, safer communities, and a more peaceful world. It’s a record to be proud of, defend, and build on. And I am confident that history isn’t finished with Joe Biden. As he said today, there is more work to do. And if I know Joe, he will always be on the front-lines, always fighting for all of us.