U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says he will not run for president in 2016, ending months of suspense and easing Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton's path to the party's nomination. Linda So reports.
After months of speculation, Vice President Joe Biden finally clears the air. SOUNDBITE: U.S. VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN, SAYING: "I've concluded it has closed." With wife Jill and President Obama by his side in the White House Rose Garden, Biden said he would not run for president in 2016. The recent passing of his son Beau playing a big role in his decision. SOUNDBITE: U.S. VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN, SAYING: "Beau is our inspiration, unfortunately I believe we're out of time, the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the nomination." The 72-year-old Biden had been pondering a run since August. His decision now clearing the way for Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in her race to clinch the party's nomination. SOUNDBITE: U.S. VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN, SAYING: "But while I will not be a candidate, I will not be silent. 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." Clinton reacted to the news on Twitter, calling Biden a 'good friend and a great man.' Leading Republican candidate Donald Trump tweeted he would rather run against Hillary. Voters in Washington, D.C. shared mixed feelings over Biden's decision. SOUNDBITE: MADELINE SMEDLEY, INDEPENDENT, SAYING: "I don't actually find it that surprising. I sort of figured that's what would happen. I don't think that he would've ever beaten Clinton or Sanders." SOUNDBITE: FRANK FITCH, REPUBLICAN, SAYING: "I'm amazed that Biden's not running, I think he would've had a pretty good chance. This will certainly end the Trump idea of the presidency because Hillary will now be anointed." With Biden now out, Clinton's primary challenger is U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.