Biden: No truth to stories of Beau’s dying wish

26 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Biden opted out on 2016 Dem race because he ‘couldn’t win’.

Stories began to circulate that Beau’s dying wish was for his father to run for president, injecting a powerful emotional narrative into the growing cries for him to join the 2016 presidential race.FILE – In this Oct. 21, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama listens as Vice President Joe Biden speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Many sought an alternative to Hillary Clinton, who’s candidacy was beginning to look damaged from the controversy over her use of a personal email server while serving as secretary of State. “Beau all along thought that I should run and I could win,” Biden said, “but there was not — what is sort of made out as 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.’ Wasn’t anything like that.” “I’ll be very blunt,” he said. “If I thought we could have put together the campaign that our supporters and our contributors deserved I would have gone ahead and done it.” “Dealing with the loss of Beau, any parent listening who’s lost a child knows that it doesn’t follow schedules of primaries and caucuses and contributors and the like,” he said. “Everybody grieves at a different pace.” His wife, Jill, who was present for part of the interview, said she was “disappointed” her husband decided not to run. “I thought Joe would be a great president,” she said. “I do want to influence the Democratic Party,” the vice president said. “I want to make no bones about that. Paul Ryan is elected speaker. “I think we can make some real progress — particularly with Paul Ryan, who’s a good guy — on working toward an accomodation on the budget and on keeping government open.”

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