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Biden says he will not run for president in 2016, finalizing field of Democratic candidates

Joe Biden
Posted at 12:34 PM, Oct 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-21 08:36:36-04

WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden says he won't run for president in 2016.

His decision finalizes the Democratic Party's field of White House candidates and sets Biden on a glide path toward the end of his decades-long political career.

Biden spent months deliberating with his family and political advisers about a potential late entry to the Democratic primary.

But he also said he might not be emotionally ready to run after his 46-year-old son Beau died of brain cancer in May.

Biden's decision bolsters Hillary Rodham Clinton's standing in the Democratic primary by sparing her a challenge from the popular vice president.

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