The first Democratic Debate took place at the beginning of October, but there was one candidate missing. Many people thought that Vice President Joe Biden would be among one of the Democratic candidates for the next Presidential election. It has been a dream of his for decades, however, he made a public announcement on Tuesday, October 20th, that he would not be running for President. Biden made the announcement alongside his wife, and President Barack Obama. His family has been grieving since the passing of his son, Beau, and Biden thinks the window for a successful campaign has closed.
He will not be silent
Even though Biden is not in the running for President in 2016, he did announce that he will not be silent. He still wants to speak out to influence as much as he can about the Democratic Party, as a whole, and where the nation needs to go. This means giving the middle class a fighting chance in the matters of fairness and economic growth. In doing this, the nation will begin to see social stability, compared to the high levels of inequality that exist throughout the country. This is what he and President Obama will continue to work on during the remaining 15 months of Obama’s presidency, and is something Biden wants Democratic candidates to focus on. Biden believes that President Obama has led the nation from crisis to recovery, and he is glad to have played a part in that.
Who is the Democratic frontrunner?
With Biden officially out of the race, who is the frontrunner for the Democratic Party? Hilary Clinton has gone up in the CNN poll, at 56%, while Bernie Sanders has 33% of the votes. After the first Democratic Debate on October 13th, the prospect of Biden running seemed to diminish because Clinton had such a commanding performance. Many complimented her poised demeanor while handling tough questions asked by the panel of analysts. Based on remarks made by Biden during his announcements, it seemed as those he realized Clinton’s leading position in early voting states. These numbers were just too large and strong for him to start a credible campaign so late in the game. In addition to the strengths of Clinton’s campaign, Bernie Sanders seemed to be running a close race, in which Biden could not beat. Biden would have several obstacles to overcome in order to give him a chance to win because of these strong contenders.
Timing of Biden’s announcement
Biden decided to announce that he would not be running for President on Tuesday night. Many believe the timing of his announcement had something to do with two political events that were coming up at the end of the week. Thursday, October 22nd, Hillary Clinton was set to appear before a Republican led committee on Capitol Hill. She would discuss the deaths of four Americans on September 11th, 2012. These deaths came after attacks on United States facilities in Benghazi and Libya, all while Clinton held the position of Secretary of State. Democrats were also gathering over the weekend of October 24th and 25th for a dinner party in Iowa. This would be a must stop for all Presidential candidates seeking nomination. With these two events coming up, Tuesday was the best day to formally announce that Biden would not be running for President.
What others had to say following Biden’s announcement
With the frontrunner for the Democratic Party now being Hillary Clinton, many wondered what her thoughts were after Biden’s announcement. Although they have worked closely together in the past, she was ready to beat him in the case that he ran against her. She praised Biden on the popular social networking website, Twitter, stating that he is a great man who is committed to changing the world for the better. Bernie Sanders thanked the Vice President for a lifetime of public service to the nation, and knows Biden did what was best for his family and himself. Republican front runner Donald Trump stated that Biden made the correct decision for his family and is actually glad to be running against Hillary Clinton because her record is so bad.
With Biden’s announcement that he will not be running for President, we can now focus on the candidates that are still in the running, with the highlights being on Clinton and Sanders. The next Democratic Debate will take place on Friday, November 6th at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. We look forward to future debates and how they might affect the polls. Do you think now that Biden is officially out of the running, Clinton will remain the frontrunner? We look forward to reading your comments!