Biden not running for president, says "he couldn't win"

US Vice President Joe Biden says he does not run for president because "he could not win," says he wants to continue to have voice in party affairs

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US vice president Joe Biden

US Vice President Joe Biden said he did not run in 2016 presidential elections because “he could not win.”

"I'll be very blunt. If I thought we could've put together the campaign ... that our supporters deserve and our contributors deserved, ... I would have done it," Biden said on Sunday in an interview on CBS's 60 Minutes.

In a White House event on Oct. 21, the vice president put an end to months of speculation over whether or not he would challenge his party’s front-runner former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to replace outgoing President Barack Obama.

In the interview, Biden denied the claims that his late son Beau wanted him to run for president.

"Beau all along thought that I should run and I could win," he said. "But there was not what was sort of made out as kind of this Hollywood-esque thing that, at the last minute, Beau grabbed my hand and said, 'Dad, you've got to run,' like win one for the Gipper."

The vice president said he wants to maintain his presence in party affairs and that he will be vocal whenever he wishes.

He said, “I like Hillary. Hillary and I get along together,” however, he has not endorsed the democratic frontrunner Clinton, or anyone else for the presidential elections.

Biden’s decision not to run leaves Hillary Clinton facing only one prime candidate from the Democrats, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.


TRTWorld and agencies