After months of speculation, Vice President Joe Biden has announced he will not seek the Democratic nomination for president, saying the window to mount a campaign "has closed." He made the announcement from the White House rose garden, with President Obama and his wife, Jill, by his side.
He promised to speak out "forcefully" to influence the Democratic platform from the sidelines. "While I will not be a candidate, I will not be silent," he said. "This party, our nation, will be making a tragic mistake if we attempt to undo the Obama legacy." He said he will devote the rest of his time as vice president to developing "a national commitment to end cancer as we know it today."
Biden, who has run for president twice already, spent more than 30 years in the U.S. Senate and has spent the last seven years as vice president. His son, Beau, died in May after a long battle with brain cancer, and his family has spent the past several months coping with the loss. In his announcement, he said his family has moved forward, but there's not enough time to successfully launch a presidential campaign at this point.
After his announcement, politicians, staffers, and the candidates who would have been his competitors spoke out in support:
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