Biden explains 2016, through voice of his granddaughter: ‘You’re not going to …

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Biden explains 2016, through voice of his granddaughter: ‘You’re not going to leave me, are you, Pop?’.

Just as he began to seriously ponder a 2016 presidential campaign, Vice President Biden’s 11-year-old granddaughter curled up next to him and delivered the emotional punch that framed his decision-making process. “Pop, I see Daddy all the time.In an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” aired on Sunday, Joe Biden, who announced this week that he would not run for president, disputed accounts that his son Beau, on death’s door, told him to run for president. “Nothing like that ever, ever happened,” Biden said.“I came home and Hunter, our son, was upstairs — with mom, with Jill — and I walked in and said, ‘You know, I just don’t think there’s time,’” Biden said in a “60 Minutes” interview that was previewed Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “I remember Jill just got up off the couch, gave me a big hug, and said, ‘I think you’re right.’” After long-running speculation about his plans, Biden announced Wednesday that he wouldn’t seek the Democratic presidential nomination for a third time. In August, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd reported that Beau Biden, when he realized he was going to lose his battle with brain cancer, tried to convince his father to run: “Dad, I know you don’t give a damn about money,” Beau told him, dismissing the idea that his father would take some sort of cushy job after the vice presidency to cash in.

Biden Jr. delayed making a decision about a potential presidential campaign for months, in part because of the tears of his 11-year-old granddaughter. And you know I’ve seen his – in his 40 years we’ve been together – I’ve seen, you know, the strength of his character, his optimism, his hope.’ Explaining how the family has spent these last few months working through their grief over the loss of Beau Biden, a process that ‘doesn’t respect or much care about things like filing deadlines or debates and primaries and caucuses,’ the vice president said his time had simply run out. ‘Unfortunately, I believe we’re out of time – the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the nomination,’ Biden said. ‘But while I will not be a candidate, I will not be silent.

I intend to speak out clearly and forcefully, to influence as much as I can where we stand as a party and where we need to go as a nation.’ Both Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee announced that they were dropping their White House bids, making Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley the only three Democratic candidates standing. But he had a mission: He tried to make his father promise to run, arguing that the White House should not revert to the Clintons and that the country would be better off with Biden values. Some mornings he woke up and just wanted to cut off the process, but Jill Biden — who had decided that her husband would make a better general-election candidate than Clinton — pushed him to continue thinking about the race.

By Tuesday night — after a day filled with events that seemed to jab at Clinton — Biden told his wife and younger son, Hunter, that he didn’t think he could mount a third campaign for president. His wife hugged him, and less than 24 hours later, after 43 years in elective politics, Biden, 72, announced in a Rose Garden ceremony that his political career was over.

No,” Biden said when O’Donnell asked whether he would run for office again or whether he was leaving the door open to taking up the campaign if Clinton politically collapses. “I can do so much more, I believe. Biden suggested that just a week ago Natalie was in a better place emotionally, and he described how she had crossed the finish line of a cross-country running race and said: “Daddy would be happy, wouldn’t he? But there was not what was sort of made out as kind of this Hollywood-esque thing that at the last minute Beau grabbed my hand and said, “Dad, you’ve got to run, like, win one for the Gipper.” It wasn’t anything like that. The family is beginning to recover, he said, pointing to time they spent in Delaware over the weekend, when Joe and Jill Biden got to watch their granddaughter finish a cross-country meet. But speculation in the news media, often inaccurate, about his intentions “was driving us crazy,” he said. “I’d get up some mornings,” he continued, “and say: ‘Let’s just end this thing, man.

He also said his comment last week that Republicans were not “my chief enemy” was not intended as a criticism of Hillary Rodham Clinton, who had listed Republicans as among her enemies in answer to a question in the Democratic debate. “The only reason to run is because I still think I could do a better job than anybody else could do,” Mr.

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