If you’re an “Uncle Joe” supporter, you might want to hold off on copping a “Biden 2016” shirt, because it looks as if Vice President Joe Biden won’t be throwing his hat into the ring after all. After months of speculation the current VP finally laid the rumors to rest, revealing that he won’t be hitting the campaign trail this late into the game.
Initially just “exploring” the possibility of running, with just a few months left until the Iowa primaries today Biden stood between wife Jill and President Obama inside the White House Rose Garden, as he explained why he decided not to compete for the party’s nomination. According to Biden there’s just not enough time to launch a viable campaign, a point he drove home with “Unfortunately, I believe we’re out of time.”
It’s been a tough year for the VP, who was forced to bury his eldest son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, after he succumbed to a lengthy battle with brain cancer at age 46.
Despite his popularity the news undoubtedly comes as a relief to some Democrats, who feared his entrance could potentially fracture their core base, already split between former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and rising contenders like Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
Though he won’t be vying for Obama’s seat, it’s clear he intends to keep the legacy going. Said Biden, “I will not be a candidate, I will not be silent.” He also denounced the current state of politics stating, “I believe that we have to end the divisive partisan politics that is ripping this country apart, and I think we can.”
Watch as Biden discusses his decision below: