Yesterday Vice President Joe Biden put to rest any rumors that he would run for president. Despite his temptation to run, Biden announced he has decided against it. The speech came in the Rose Garden and Biden was flanked by his boss, President Obama, and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden.
During Biden’s speech he explained why he decided not to run, which was namely that the opportunity had passed and that there wasn’t enough time to mount a campaign capable of securing the Democratic nomination.
During his speech, however, Biden also spent a significant amount of time explaining what he wants to see out of a presidential run out of those who are in the race, and his comments appeared to take direct aim at Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
At the last Democrat debate, Hillary Clinton (along with the other candidates on stage) was asked about her enemies list and who was on it. She listed who she felt most proud to have angered: “Well, in addition to the NRA, the health insurance companies, the drug companies, the Iranians. … Probably the Republicans.”
Biden directly SLAMMED those comments during his announcement not to run. CNN.com reported:
“I believe that we have to end the divisive partisan politics that is ripping this country apart, and I think we can,” said Biden, who, though a crafty partisan, often worked across the aisle during nearly four decades in the Senate.
“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.”
Biden made clear his fierce protectiveness over Obama and the legacy the two build in the White House together. While Hillary has distanced herself from certain decisions made by the Obama team, Biden urged the Democratic nominee not only to defend the record, but to run on it.
Comment below: Do you think a Democrat should run on or against Obama’s legacy?