No go for Joe…

Joe Biden decides against Presidential bid…

Vice President Biden announced today he has decided against entering the Democratic contest for the 2016 presidential nomination, ending months of speculation that he might roil the Democratic race.

“I have concluded that it has closed,” he said of the window to enter the Democratic contest, speaking in a hastily called Rose Garden appearance, with President Obama and his wife Jill Biden by his side.

“Beau is our inspiration,” the vice president said of his son who died earlier this year of brain cancer. “Unfortunately, I believe we are out of time. The time necessary to mount a campaign for the nomination.”

Biden pledged that he will remain involved in the presidential race and encouraged Democrats to run on Obama’s record. Biden proudly described himself as “middle class Joe” and described income inequality in America as “a fundamental threat to our democracy.”…

Despite a growing public show of support, Biden had repeatedly said in appearances over the past five weeks that he and his family had not reached the emotional standing that would make possible the daunting challenge of mounting a competitive White House bid.