WHITE HOUSE—U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has decided not to seek his Democratic Party’s nomination for the presidency in 2016, ending months of speculation about whether he would run.
Speaking Wednesday in the White House Rose Garden, Biden said the grieving process after his son Beau died of brain cancer in May “does not respect or much care about things like filing deadlines or debates and primaries and caucuses.”
“I believe we are out of time, the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the nomination,” Biden said, with his wife, Jill, and President Barack Obama standing next to him.
Biden, 72, said while he would not be a candidate “he will speak out clearly and forcefully” about “where we need to go as a nation.”
He also praised President Obama, saying “he led this nation from crisis to recovery.” He added, “This party, our nation, will be making a tragic mistake if we walk away or attempt to undo the Obama legacy, he said.
Biden, who spent more than three decades in the U.S. Senate representing Delaware, had previously launched two unsuccessful presidential campaigns, the most recent in 2008.