With his wife, Jill, and President Barack Obama at his side in the White House Rose Garden, Biden said the window for a successful campaign “has closed,” noting his family’s grief following the death of his son, Beau.
Still, Biden positioned himself as a defender of the Obama legacy, implicitly suggesting that he still views himself as the best possible successor to the President. In tone, the remarks sounded like the kind of speech defending staunch Democratic values that he might have given had he reached the opposite conclusion.

‘I will not be silent’
“While I will not be a candidate, I will not be silent,” he said in a speech that highlighted Democratic themes on income inequality along with a call for a national movement to cure cancer. “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.”

The question of whether Biden, 72, would enter the race has consumed Democrats for months, but in recent days, the vice president’s long period of deliberation had begun to frustrate some in the party — and there was rising pressure for him to declare his intentions.
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The prospect of a run seemed to decline further after Clinton’s commanding performance at the first Democratic presidential debate on October 13. Her poised demeanor and deft handling of tough questions left many analysts convinced that Clinton effectively froze Biden out of the race.
Two looming political events may have affected the timing of Biden’s announcement. On Thursday, Clinton appears before a Republican-led committee on Capitol Hill probing the deaths of four Americans in attacks on US facilities in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012 when she was secretary of state. The Vice President may not have wanted his decision to be seen as a judgment on her performance if it was made public after the hearing. Democrats are also gathering this weekend at an important party dinner in dinner in Iowa — a must stop for presidential candidates seeking the nomination and a Biden no show would likely have severely hampered his chances in the state.
Implicit in Biden’s remarks was a realization that Clinton’s position and organizational muscle in early voting states are just too strong for himz to mount a credible challenge at such a late stage — just three-and-a-half months …Read More

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