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

26 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

In an interview on 60 Minutes last night, Biden dismissed long-standing rumors that Beau – who died from brain cancer in May – tried to persuade him to run for the White House shortly before his death. The Vice President also said he would have launched a campaign if he thought he could have beaten Hillary Clinton to the Democratic nomination – but bluntly admitted that he could not. I don’t want the party walking away from what Barack and I did.” Biden said his decision about whether or not to run was about whether he could do the best job as president, and in no way about running to stop Clinton. “I’ve debated Hillary 13 times in national presidential debates,” he said. “I know Hillary, I know her debating skills, and I know mine.

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. The only reason to run is because I still think I could do a better job than anybody else could do.’ Biden also attempted to put to bed rumors that he and the former Secretary of State are not on good terms, playing down suggestions that he made a jab at her in a speech revealing that he would not run. He has not endorsed a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. ‘And I walked in and I said, “You know, I just don’t think there’s time.” I’ve just decided, “I – don’t think we can run the kind of campaign we have to run to be able to win.” And – I remember Jill just got up off the couch, gave me a big hug, and said, “I think you’re right.”‘ ‘No, I think I was disappointed,’ Jill Biden said. ‘I mean, I thought Joe would be a great president.

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