Clark Bogan | Staff Writer
Last Wednesday–at long last–Vice-President Joe Biden officially addressed the rumors and speculation surrounding the possibility of his run for the presidency in 2016. “Unfortunately, I believe we’re out of time, the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the nomination,” said Biden. He initially made it very clear that he needed to consult his family before officially announcing his campaign, as his preparatory steps were halted due to the loss of his son, Joseph “Beau” Biden, to brain cancer in May.
Over the summer, it seemed almost inevitable that Biden was going to make a run. According the Wall Street Journal, “…(Biden began) exploring the political landscape this summer, quietly reaching out to advisers and allies and eventually taking more serious steps toward launching a campaign.” Allegedly, there was even a “Draft Biden 2016” super PAC already in the works; all that needed to happen was an official announcement of his campaign, and the wheels would be in full motion.
During the few weeks leading up to Biden’s announcement last week, he had been traveling the country speaking to crucial Democratic constituencies–a schedule that strongly resembled that of a presidential candidate. Nevertheless, the aftermath of Biden’s decision not to run makes things much easier for those already entrenched in their campaigns, most notably Senators. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
Clinton has had a tumultuous few months in the polls. Over the summer, she struggled immensely, as the news of her private email server broke; some experts said that it could foil her entire campaign. It was at this time that Biden was making the behind-the-scenes moves to begin planning for a campaign.
However, Clinton currently leads over Sanders 58 percent to 33 percent, and with Biden not entering, those numbers will not be split up over a very favorable candidate–a candidate with much more experience, and a candidate that can also lean on the success of the Obama administration. Concerning Clinton’s chances of success, Democratic lobbyist Peter Peyser concluded, “She’s had a number of things happen now that have been helpful to her: the debate, now this….All of those things are re-establishing the impression that she is in the driver’s seat. The timing is pretty much ideal.”
Bernie Sanders is also amassing quite a following, exposing a wing of the Democratic Party that pines for leaders vowing to fight for the working class. Sanders is undeniably gaining momentum on. Clinton, and is surely quite relieved that he does not have to contend with the Vice-President.
Vice-President Biden stated that while he will not be a candidate, he will not be silent. The clock is ticking on the Obama administration, but enough time remains for an impact to continue to be made, and to continue to solidify the legacy of the Obama presidency.
In response to Biden’s announcement on Wednesday, Mrs. Clinton stated, “I am confident that history isn’t finished with Joe Biden…he will always be on the front lines, always fighting for all of us.”