Joe Biden Not Running for President in 2016, But Looks Like He is Still the Democrat’s Insurance Policy
BIDEN NOT RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT FOR 2016 …
Yesterday Vice President Joe Biden announced that he was not going to run for the Democrat nomination to be president of the United States. Biden made his announcement in the Rose Garden with his wife, Jill, and Obama standing beside him. The continued delay in a decision by Biden all but sealed his final decision. To be honest, it never seemed like Biden ever wanted to run but was more a less just a fallback insurance policy if candidate Hillary Clinton crashed and burned. That could still happen. There is two things here that are glaring for Democrats. One, are you telling me that there is no one in the Democrat party of any substance to run for President? Look at the field, basically there is Clinton and a self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders. That’s it! Second, did any one think that 72 year old crazy Uncle Joe was the answer? Joe Biden is a walking gaffe and would represent an Obama third term.
I was this close to saying yes …
It says a lot about US politics that it was lack of time that apparently convinced Joe Biden against launching a White House bid. His announcement came 101 days before the Iowa caucus — the first contest in America’s primary calendar — and more than a year before the presidential election. Mr Biden conveyed his decision a few hours after Canada finished its longest ever general election, which took all of 78 days.
Yet in the US context, Mr Biden’s decision is entirely rational. Raising money — particularly enough to compete with a machine as well-oiled as Hillary Clinton’s — takes time. So does grieving (Mr Biden’s son, Beau, died of brain cancer in May). So too does finding good operatives to build ground games in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada and beyond. It also takes energy. At 72, would Mr Biden have had the vim to race around the country raising money while carrying out his vice-presidential duties? In other circumstances, perhaps. But the prospect looks exhausting if Mrs Clinton is your full-time opponent.
Yet it is also hard to believe Mr Biden was not swayed by Mrs Clinton’s robust performance in the Democratic debate last week. The vice-president set himself up as an insurance policy against the implosion of Mrs Clinton’s campaign. As her numbers fell during the summer amid the drip-drip of leaks and allegations about her private email account, the Biden option looked ever more enticing to senior Democrats. A bad first debate would have reinforced doubts about Mrs Clinton’s lacklustre showing on the campaign trail.
How convenient for Barack Obama that he now does not have to make a choice for an endorsement between Biden and Clinton. I will say it again, what a lack of talent that Democrats have on their bench for voters to choose from.
Daily Commentary – Tuesday, October 6, 2015 – Are Democrats Getting Exactly What They Want With the Speculation About Biden and Others?
- Some say they are because it’s deflecting attention from Hillary’s problems
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- Are Democrats afraid that Hillary will fall to all of her troubles?
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RUN JOE, RUN!!!!
Will he or won’t he? Will Vice-President Joe Biden run for the Democrat 2016 presidential nomination? Will he dare cross Hillary Clinton and actually pose a real threat to the presumptive Democrat party nominee? As a sitting VP, one would think he would make a run. According t the NY Times, Biden has been making inquiries regarding a possible presidential run. More importantly, Biden makes his decisions from the gut and feeling, rather than long, drawn out decision making. According to reports upon his son’s death, it was Beau Biden’s wish that his father run for White House.
Imagine if Biden does run, what will Democrats do? Biden is the polar opposite when it comes to the dishonesty and trust factor that plagues Hillary Clinton.
Vice President Biden has not closed the door on a presidential run, according to NBC News sources — but it is far from clear whether he will enter the 2016 campaign, with much of the Democratic Party already behind Hillary Clinton.
These sources confirmed a New York Times report published Saturday that suggested Biden could still enter the presidential race, and that Biden allies have talked to party activists about the viability of a campaign.
The Times account suggested Biden’s late son, Beau, had pushed his father to wage a third campaign for the White House.
In a statement, Biden’s press secretary Kendra Barkoff did not rule out a Biden campaign, instead sidestepping the issue.
“As the Biden family continues to go through this difficult time, the Vice President is focused on his family and immersed in his work,” Barkoff said. “In recent weeks, the Vice President has worked on the nuclear deal with Iran, traveled across the country to highlight the administration’s economic priorities and more.”
The challenges for Biden to enter the race would be considerable. Hillary Clinton has raised more than $45 million already, while Biden struggled to raise funds in 2008, when he ran for president but didn’t win a single state.
Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Biden and former state attorney general of Delaware, died Saturday after battling brain cancer at the age of 46. He is survived by his wife, Hallie, and two children. Joseph Robinette “Beau” Biden III had battled brain cancer for several years and underwent surgery in Houston in 2013 and then followed a normal course of radiation and chemotherapy. In 2010, Biden, suffered a mild stroke. Biden had been given a clean bill of health in 2013; however, Beau had a recurrence this spring in 2015 and began an aggressive treatment and was admitted to Walter Reed this month. Sadly, he has lost his battle with this insidious disease.
Beau Biden, a major in the Delaware Army National Guard’s Judge Advocate General Corps, became one of his state’s most popular public figures and had been considered the front-runner for the 2016 race to become the state’s next governor, but in August 2013 he was admitted to one of the world’s most renowned cancer treatment centers, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, to begin his fight with the disease.
Beau Biden became a national political star in 2008 after delivering a stirring introduction of his father at the Democratic National Convention in Denver the night Joe Biden accepted the nomination for vice president. A little more than a month later, Beau Biden deployed to Iraq and served there for one year — except for a trip home in January 2009 to see his father take the oath of office as vice president.
Beau Biden was awarded the Bronze Star.
It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother and son, Beau, after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity, courage and strength he demonstrated every day of his life.
The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words. We know that Beau’s spirit will live on in all of us—especially through his brave wife, Hallie, and two remarkable children, Natalie and Hunter.
Beau’s life was defined by service to others. As a young lawyer, he worked to establish the rule of law in war-torn Kosovo. A major in the Delaware National Guard, he was an Iraq War veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star. As Delaware’s Attorney General, he fought for the powerless and made it his mission to protect children from abuse.
More than his professional accomplishments, Beau measured himself as a husband, father, son and brother. His absolute honor made him a role model for our family. Beau embodied my father’s saying that a parent knows success when his child turns out better than he did.
In the words of the Biden family: Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known.
Joe & Beau Biden – Our condolences to the Biden family
On a personal note, I had a sister that passed away far too young from brain cancer and my prayers go out to the Biden family that they find peace. Also, I am no fan of the political policies, beliefs an agenda of Vice President Joe Biden and Lord only knows we make fun of him because he gives us so much material to do so, but today my heart goes out to this man as no one person should ever have to experience the death and pain that this man has suffered. In December 1972, Joe Biden received a phone that his wife, Neilia, and three children had been in a horrible car crash on the way home from purchasing the family Christmas tree. His wife and daughter had died, and his two sons, Beau and Hunter, were critically injured. Now tragically, VP Biden has lost Beau to cancer. Our condolences go out to the Biden family.
His wife, Neilia, and three children had been in a horrible car crash on the way home from purchasing the family Christmas tree. His wife and daughter had died, and his two sons, Beau and Hunter, were clinging to life. Having just turned 30, Joe Biden raced home to Wilmington and considered never taking the oath of office.
Through the support of other senators, Biden agreed to be sworn in the next month at the hospital bedside of Beau and Hunter. Eventually venturing to Washington, Biden decided that he would take the train every morning from Wilmington and return every night.
“As a single parent, he decided to be there to put us to bed, to be there when we woke from a bad dream, to make us breakfast, so he’d travel to and from Washington, four hours a day,” Beau Biden told the Denver crowd on Aug. 27, 2008, in the speech that introduced the world to a story that his father had told many times.