Our View: No-go for Joe Biden

KS Editors

Vice President Joe Biden is no longer looking to take Obama’s seat in the White House. While the former Delaware senator ran for the Democratic nomination in 1988 and 2008, he made the announcement Wednesday that he will not be entering the 2016 race.

Despite the election being a little more than a year away, Biden would have gotten a late start compared to the massive support Democratic candidates like Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have already gathered.

He might have faced a tough challenge of playing catch up to raise large amounts of money for his campaign, while other Democrats sped ahead in the competition.

While his name and reputation for being the president’s right-hand man would have helped him succeed in capturing a unique following, we believe Biden wouldn’t be as all-in as he’d like after losing his son, Beau, to brain cancer.

Clinton went ahead and acknowledged his announcement, taking to Twitter by posting “(Biden) is a good friend and a great man. Today and always, inspired by his optimism and commitment to change the world for the better. -H.”

Martin O’Malley, a Democratic presidential candidate, also recognized Biden’s decision publicly, tweeting “(Biden) is one of the most decent, compassionate public servants our nation has produced — I respect his decision & wish him the best. -O’M.”

We believe Biden made the right call, especially while he is still mourning the loss of his son. While we do not think Biden’s career is over, a presidential title is not the right fit for him. Another Democratic nominee added to the mix is not needed. We respect Biden’s decision and hope he’s able to find a new career goal.

The above editorial is the consensus opinion of the editorial board of The Kent Stater.