Vice President Joe Biden announced Wednesday he will not run for president in the 2016 election.
Biden delivered the news in a statement he made from the White House Rose Garden with President Barack Obama and his wife, Jill Biden.
He said the grieving process for his son, Beau, who died of brain cancer in May, made the timing for a presidential campaign impossible.
“The (grieving) process, by the time we get through it, closes the window on mounting a realistic campaign for president,” Biden said in the press conference.
“Unfortunately, I believe we’re out of time, the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the nomination,” he said. “But while I will not be a candidate, I will not be silent.”
Biden, a former senator from Delaware, ran for president in 1988 and 2008.