Vice President Joe Biden will not be running for president in 2016!
The vice president made the decision comes after a long struggle with whether or not to make a third run for the White House.
“As my family and I have worked through the grieving process, I’ve said all along what I’ve said time and again to others, that it may very well be that the process by the time we get through it closes the window,” said Biden. “I’ve concluded it has closed.”
For many months, Biden was repeatedly pressured to run.
Biden believes that the timing was not right although there was evidence revealing that he would have been competitive even with a late entrance into the race.
The vice president had the highest ratings of any candidate and his frank and earnest demeanor combined with his blue-collar appeal would have made him an attractive candidate, according to NPR.
“I believe we have to end the divisive politics. It’s mean spirited. It’s petty,” said Biden. “I don’t think it’s naive to talk to Republicans. I don’t think we should look at Republicans as our enemy. They’re the opposition, not our enemies. Most of all, I believe there’s unlimited possibilities for this country.”
In addition, Biden states:
“I intend to speak out clearly and forcefully to influence as much as I can, where we are going to go as a party and as a nation.”
With his decision to pass, the race is now set with Clinton and Bernie Sanders emerging as the top-tier in the Democratic primary, according to NPR.
Clinton may still be facing several questions about scandals involving her private email server and trying to show voters she is trustworthy.