Vice President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday at the White House Rose Garden, with his wife and Barack Obama by his side, that his run for President has come to an end.
“While I will not be a candidate, I will not be silent.”, stated Joe Biden, according to USA Today. Then, the Vice President took the current administration’s side and said that the Democrats should go on with Obama’s legacy.
Biden praised President Obama
“I intend to speak out clearly and forcefully to influence as much as I can where we stand as a party, and where we need to go as a nation. … I believe that President Obama has led this nation from crisis to recovery, and we’re now on the cusp of resurgence. I’m proud to have played a part in that. We’re making a tragic mistake if we walk away from, or try to undo, the Obama legacy,”, said Joe Biden, quoted by the same source.
What Biden didn’t say directly and experts “translated” from his speech was the fact that this is probably the main reason he didn’t go through with his presidential campaign. Unlike Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden couldn’t have distanced himself from the administration current ideology.
Same ideologies as the administration
“The problem that sitting vice presidents have is that they are pretty much tied to the administration’s policies, and it’s difficult to separate ideologically from an administration you’ve been part of — particularly in Biden’s case when you’ve been a particularly influential part of it,” said Joel Goldstein, a law professor at St. Louis University and expert on the vice presidency, according to USA Today. Joe Biden made it clear that Obama’s ideas are not different from his own.
“The president and I ideologically have had no disagreement. Zero. None. We’ve had tactical disagreements. To this day we are sympatico on all the major issues.”, said the Vice President.