Standing in the Rose Garden after weeks of intensified speculation about his political intentions, Vice President Joe Biden announced moments ago that he will not run for president in 2016.
“I believe we’re out of time,” said Biden, 72, flanked by President Barack Obama and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden.
A former Delaware senator once described by South Jersey Democrats as NJ’s third senator, the vice president identified his late son Beau as the inspiration for his exploration of a presidential bid. On his death bed earlier this year, Beau Biden urged his father to run for president and to continue the work of the Obama Administration.
But it won’t happen, the vice president said, who told reporters that he does not have the time he would need to mount a winning campaign.
In his speech, Biden talked about the problems facing the country.
“We cannot sustain the current levels of inequality,” he said.
He also pointed to the influence of big money on campaigns and elections as a “fundamental threat” to American democracy.
Moreover, “I believe we have to end the mean, divisive politics in this country,” he said. “Four more years of this kind of pitched battle may be more than this country can take.”