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Vice President Joe Biden officially stepped away from the circus that is the 2016 Campaign. On Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, the former senator from Delaware announced that he would not pursue a 2016 presidential bid in the hotly contested race for the highest office in the nation. There were several factors that went into Biden’s decision not to pursue a presidential bid in the 2016 Campaign. One of the deciding factors included his family’s continued grief over the loss of his son, Beau Biden, who died from a brain tumor in May 2015, at age 46. Yet, the primary reason given was that he had run out of “the time necessary to mount a winning campaign.”
His announcement significantly enhanced Hillary Clinton’s prospects for winning the Democratic nomination as her chief competition for the bid now lies with Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont), who has garnered surprisingly strong support among the American public. Moreover, there is still anxiety among some Democratic factions that fear the public response to recent issues involving the former Secretary of State, including the Benghazi and email scandals. Some fear these issues that continue to plague her campaign could make Clinton a weakened candidate during the 2016 General Election.
As Joe Biden stepped away from the circus that is the 2016 Campaign, the statesman unsuccessfully sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988 and 2008, both times dropping out early in the race. In the 2008 U.S. presidential election, Barack Obama chose the former Delaware senator to be his running mate in the race, which they went on to successfully win. The same was true of their 2012 re-election bid. As a result, Biden became the first Roman Catholic and senator from Delaware elected as Vice President of the United States.
Over the last month, many polls have examined the effect of a Biden bid for the presidency. While support existed for the Vice President of the United States to pursue the top post, many feared it would have fractured the Democratic Party and jeopardized the Democratic hold on the White House. Moreover, as time passed, an ever-increasing percentage of Americans polled urged Biden not to run. In fact, the latest poll results found 38 percent of Americans were against him entering the race.
With the vice president officially out of the running, many people are speculating on the key to success for winning the White House in 2016. In the early stages of the 2016 Campaign, the Hillary Clinton-Elizabeth Warren dual ticket was widely believed to be a viable option for Democratic success. Warren is an ingenue senator from Massachusetts, who has strong support among Liberals and Progressive circles, but has repeatedly stated that she does not intend to run for the top post. However, with the surprising strength exhibited by Bernie Sanders, a Clinton-Sanders joint ticket is looking more promising for the upcoming contest, especially in the wake of the highly contentious race ahead for a crowded field of candidates. Even as Biden’s family grieved over the death of his son this summer, the vice president stated that the window for a presidential run might close before they were ready to decide and that reality came to pass.
As Joe Biden officially stepped away from the circus that is the 2016 Campaign, the former senator from Delaware announced on Wednesday, October 21, that he would not pursue a 2016 presidential bid in the hotly contested race for the top post in the nation. While there were several factors that went into the vice president’s decision not to pursue a presidential bid in the 2016 Campaign, one of the deciding factors included his family’s mourning over the loss of his son, Beau, who died from cancer this spring. Yet, the primary reason given was that he had run out of “the time necessary to mount a winning campaign.” With 16 Republican and five Democratic candidates already declaring their bids for President of the United States, Biden’s decision to step away from the highly contentious race was likely a wise one given the already crowded field of candidates.
Opinion Written and Edited by Leigh Haugh
Huffington Post–Watch Joe Biden Announce He Won’t Run for President in 2016
CNN Politics–Inside Biden’s Decision Not to Run
Los Angeles Times–Joe Biden Decides Against Presidential Bid, Big Boost to Hillary Clinton