VP Joe Biden will not be a candidate for president

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 21, 2015 12:20 PM

FILE PHOTO: Vice President Joe Biden participates in a tribute to former Vice President Walter Mondale, Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at George Washington University in Washington, . (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

(Washington) -- 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. 

"I believe we're out of time," he said in an appearance in the White House Rose Garden.

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.

"As my family and I have worked through the grieving process, I've said all along what I've said time and again to others, that it may very well be that the process by the time we get through it closes the window," he said. "I've concluded it has closed."

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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