There has been plenty of speculation over the last few months on whether or not Vice President Joe Biden would be running for president in 2016—now we finally know.
Biden announced his decision in a press conference held at the White House this morning.
"Unfortunately, I believe we're out of time, the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the nomination," Biden said. "While I will not be a candidate, I will not be silent."
Biden has been going back and forth on the decision for a few months now. Back in May, Biden’s family was left devastated after his son died of brain cancer. This left the heartbroken president questioning whether or not he had the stamina for a 2016 presidential bid.
We ?? Joe Biden. pic.twitter.com/Td1XuE2PsS— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) October 21, 2015
He added on Wednesday that his son’s death “closed the window” on any chance that he would be running for president.
"The most relevant factor in my decision is whether my family and I have the emotional energy to run,” Biden said in September. “Some might think that is inappropriate. Unless I can go to my party and the American people and say that I am able to devote my whole heart and my whole soul to this endeavor it would not be appropriate.”
According to NBC news, “Biden, who has run twice before, reached out to potential supporters in the early voting states to assess how much support he would have if he mounted a run.”
Turns out, however, he would have had to deal with a pretty steep uphill battle. Although his numbers were good, they still trailed behind Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
Many are devastated by the news.
Is it bad I'm kind of bummed @JoeBiden is NOT running for President? I think I'd have much preferred him for the Dem nominee.— Elizabeth Lauten (@DCGopGirl) October 21, 2015
Joe Biden isn't running ????????????????????????????????????— AwkwardAlly?? (@Ally_Flynnor1) October 21, 2015
While many are disappointed, supporters of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton may have perked a little. Depending on how you look at it, Biden's withdrawal from the race could have an interesting affect on their numbers.
Many believe that Biden could have taken a substantial amount of voters away from Clinton, giving Sanders and edge against her. On the other hand, more voters are now in play and, if the last few months are any indication, Sanders is incredible at gathering up new, indecisive voters.
Either way, this certainly makes for an interesting turn of events for candidates.
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