Joe Biden not running for president

WASHINGTON, DC (WWAY) — After months of speculation, Vice President Joe Biden finally made public today whether he is running for higher office.

He is not.

Biden made the announcement this afternoon at the Rose Garden of the White House with his wife and President Barack Obama by his side.

Many Democrats have urged Biden to join the 2016 presidential race, led by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to polls, because of questions about Clinton’s leadership and an ongoing investigation into her use of a private e-mail server and its security during her time as Secretary of State.

Clinton got a bump in the polls after last week’s first debate among Democratic candidates, which also included Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chaffee and former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, who has since dropped out of the race.

Many experts have said the time for Biden to get into the race may have already passed, as the other candidates have a large head start on fundraising and organization in key primary and caucus states, including Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

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