Politics: It’s a No for Joe

On October 21st, Vice President Joe Biden announced that he would not be seeking the presidency, ending months of speculation that he would run in 2016. In an interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Biden said that the death of his eldest son, Joseph R. “Beau” Biden, had hit the family so hard that by the time they were ready to analyze a presidential campaign, it was too late to credibly challenge former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I – VT) in the 100 days leading up to the Iowa caucus. In the interview, Biden did not endorse either candidates for president, but said good things about Sanders. In his statement on Wednesday, however, Biden did rebuke Clinton’s statement during the CNN Democratic debate that “Republicans were her enemies,” calling for an end to divisive politics. “I don’t think we should look at Republicans as our enemies.” He said, “They are our opposition. They’re not our enemies.”

Contributor: Cai Redmond

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