Joe Says No: Biden Won't Run For President In 2016

  • by: Alan Duke

Joe Biden decided the window "has closed" for a successful presidential run in 2016 and he will not be a candidate.

The vice president, with his wife and President Obama by his side, made the announcement in the White House Rose Garden Wednesday, October 21, 2016.

Biden, who has spent much of the year mourning the death of his son Beau, has been considering a challenge of frontrunner Hillary Clinton. He used his announcement to make a pitch for a more constructive relationship between Democrats and Republicans in government "for the sake of the country."

"I believe that we have to end the divisive partisan politics that is ripping this country apart, and I think we can," he said Biden. "It's mean spirited, it's petty, and it's gone on for much too long. I don't believe, like some do, that it's naive to talk to Republicans. I don't think we should look at Republicans as our enemies. They are our opposition. They're not our enemies."

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  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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