The Vice President of the United States finally announced his decision regarding a presidential run, and it’s official — he will NOT be seeking office in 2016. He made the announcement in the White House’s Rose Garden on Oct. 21.
Joe Biden, 72, has made his decision — he won’t be taking on Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in the race to become the Democratic candidate in the 2016 presidential election. The politician announced the news on Oct. 21, and understandably revealed he simply didn’t have time to put a campaign together after the death of his son in May.
In his speech, which was attended by President Barack Obama, the VP revealed that he felt the “window has closed” for his time to announce a campaign. “Unfortunately, we’re out of time to mount a winning campaign,” he told viewers.
Before finally making the announcement, Joe kept Americans hanging for months regarding whether or not he’d run. Of course, he had a legitimate reason for taking his time — his son, Beau, tragically passed away from brain cancer at the age of 46 in May, and Joe has been spending time grieving with his family, while also keeping up his duties as Vice President.
“As my family and I have worked through the grieving process, I’ve said all along that it may very well be that process, by the time we get through it, that closes a the window on mounting a realistic campaign for president,” he explained. “I’ve concluded it has closed.” Well, he definitely left us hanging, but at least we finally know once and for all what Joe’s decision is — and it definitely seems like it is the best one for him and his family!
And the 72-year-old made it clear that, even though he’s not running, he “will not stay silent” as the election approaches. “I will speak clearly and forcefully on where we stand as a nation and where the country needs to go,” he revealed.
Hillary took to Twitter to issue a statement of support. “@VP is a good friend and a great man,” she wrote. “Today and always, inspired by his optimism and commitment to change the world for the better.” So sweet!
HollywoodLifers, are you surprised by Joe’s decision? Did you think he was going to run?
–Alyssa Norwin & Chris Rogers