Joe Biden Opts-Out of U.S. Presidential Race


Vice President Joe Biden is decided to forgo a 2016 presidential bid, sources close to Biden tell CBS News’ Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett.

The decision ends months of speculation about whether Biden would step up to challenge Hillary Clinton, the current front runner for the Democratic nomination and his former Obama administration colleague.

The vice president took his time to consider whether he and his family had the “emotional energy” to endure another campaign, following the tragic death over the summer of his 46-year-old son Beau. While his fellow Democrats gave him his space, pressure mounted for Biden to come to a decision as Democratic voters, party operatives and deep-pocketed donors considered which candidate to line up behind.

Biden was also running up against logistical deadlines: The first filing deadline for appearing on a 2016 primary ballot is November 6 in Alabama. Additionally, the Democratic primary debates are already underway; CBS News hosts the next Democratic debate on November 14 in Iowa.

While Clinton has dominated the race for the Democratic nomination, there’s clearly at least some thirst among Democrats for an alternative. Bernie Sanders, the socialist senator from Vermont, has drawn huge crowds to his campaign events, and he has stayed competitive with Clinton in polls in key states, as well as in terms of fundraising.

All the while, Biden had maintained a base of support. Polls throughout the year showed that Biden consistently won the support of at least 10 percent of Democrats nationally and in early-nominating states.

Biden’s decision is good news for Clinton, though she hardly has a lock on the nomination. As her Democratic opponents work to keep her on her feet, Clinton will also have to fend off attacks from Republicans scrutinizing her use of a private email account and server, as well as her actions ahead of the September 12, 2012 Benghazi attack.

  • Martin B

    Is it too late for Fauxcahontas to go on the warpath?

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      That’s what “Huggy Bear” says is the word on the street.
      The Clintons have so corrupted the nomination process so completely that only those that have no chance will be allowed to pretend that they are running.

      • Xavier

        The other word on the street is that the DNC is run by power mad women who have decided it’s time for a female president come hell or high water. That means Clinton or Warren. Sanders has excited the communists who will switch to Fauxcohantas, and Hillary isn’t polling so well, so I’d expect Warren to throw her hat in the ring.

        Of course, Trump can crush her if he can continue his surge.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Not just ANY woman, ONLY ONE woman: Hillary.
          It’s all about her, and not about having a woman President.

          • Xavier

            Gowdy’s attitude tomorrow will tell the tale. If he doesn’t go for the jugular, she’s in.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Nothing matters until the first primary, right?
        And when is that?

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Baring unforeseen circumstances, Biden just elected Trump.
    Odd that!

    • David

      Always a silver lining kind of guy.

    • mauser 98

      Hill has to implode first
      Rush says nothing will happen at Gowdy questioning Thursday
      Hill will skate

      • Xavier

        Hill’s going to shrink down to nothing like the witch she is.

        • DavidinNorthBurnaby

          Such as horrible witch.

  • WalterBannon

    Screw it all. The west is dead. I am just waiting for the civil wars to start.

    • Xavier

      In the big picture, it really doesn’t matter who gets elected, does it? The moslems control our future actions.

      • Ho Hum

        Not if Trump is elected. He is the only hope for the U.S.

  • Ron MacDonald

    Which means they will stonewall and refuse to cooperate with the investigation of Hillary.

  • Dana Garcia

    “But if Hillary gets indicted, I’m willing to step in and find a cure for cancer.” — Uncle Joe.

  • moraywatson

    So the fix is in, and all of Hillary’s transgressions are going to be swept under the rug by the complicit Republican establishment.

  • simus1

    The fact that Crazy Joe has announced he is not running means he is running.
    It’s the old DeGaulle ploy, slightly updated.