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It’s final: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says he won’t enter the 2016 race to become president.
The announcement comes after months of speculation. Biden said he knew the grieving process over the death of his son Beau, who died of brain cancer in May, might continue past the point he could realistically launch a bid for the presidency, BuzzFeed News’ Katherine Miller writes.
“I’ve said all along what I’ve said time and again to others: that it may very well be that that process, by the time we get through it, closes the window on mounting a realistic campaign for president,” Biden said yesterday.
Biden has run for president twice before, in 1988 and in 2008. He has served six terms as senator, representing Delaware, before becoming U.S. President Barack Obama’s vice president.
Here’s the transcript of Biden’s remarks.
And a little extra.
Biden’s decision bolsters Hillary Clinton’s position as the Democratic frontrunner and “removes the threat of Democratic donors and voters splitting between the two party stalwarts or, worse, her supporters defecting to a vice president who remains a popular figure in the party,” the Wall Street Journal writes.
But Clinton is still facing scrutiny. Later today, she’s scheduled to appear in front of a Congressional committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. The attack on the diplomatic post in Libya, which killed four American citizens, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, occurred when Clinton served as U.S. Secretary of State. The committee aims to take a closer look into Clinton’s role in securing the diplomatic post, Quartz writes in this guide about Clinton’s testimony.