Earlier today, Vice President Joe Biden announced that he will not run for president in 2016. We at NJDC have always found inspiration in his devotion to public service and found hope in his unyielding optimism. Vice President Biden has embodied the values of honesty, authenticity and integrity reflective of the American ideal. He has shared confidence that the government can be a force of good in improving people’s lives.
In his announcement, he celebrates the foundation of the current administration that has best positioned the nation to lead the world in the twenty-first century:
I believe that President Obama has led this nation from crisis to recovery, and we’re now on the cusp of resurgence. I’m proud to have played a part in that. This party, our nation, will be making a tragic mistake if we walk away or attempt to undo the Obama legacy.
The American people have worked too hard, and we have have come too far for that. Democrats should not only defend this record and protect this record. They should run on the record.
We have a lot of work to get done over to the next 15 months, and there is a lot of — the president — there’s a lot that the president will — will have to get done, but let me be clear that we’ll be building on a really solid foundation.
Vice President Biden shared his faith in the values that has made him a walking example of the Democratic Party:
At their core, every one of these things — every one of these things is about the same thing. It’s about equality, it’s about fairness, it’s about respect. As my dad used to say, it’s about affording every single person dignity. It’s not complicated.
Every single one of the issues is about dignity. And the ugly forces of hate and division — they won’t let up, but they do not represent the American people. They do not represent the heart of this country.
They represent a small fraction of the political elite, and the next president is going to have to take it on.
Most of all I believe there’s unlimited possibilities for this country. I don’t know how many of the White House staff and personnel have heard me say repeatedly that we are so much better positioned than any country the world.
We are so — I’ve been doing this for a long time. When I got elected as a 29-year-old kid, I was called “the optimist”. I am more optimistic about the possibilities — the incredibly possibilities — to leap forward than I have been any time in my career.
And I believe to my core that there is no country on the face of the Earth better positioned to lead the world in the 21st century than the United States of America.
In closing, Vice President Biden offers his commitment to stand alongside the American people toward a better future:
We found purpose in public life. So we intend — the whole family, not just me — we intend to spend the next 15 months fighting for what we’ve always cared about — what my family’s always cared about — with every ounce of our being, and working alongside the president and members of Congress and our future nominee, I am absolutely certain that we fully are capable of accomplishing extraordinary things. We can do this.
And when we do, America won’t just win the future, we will own the finish line.
We would like to thank him for years of service to this nation and look forward to continue in working with him in the future. We know that he will continue to fight for everyday Americans and be an integral part of the Democratic Party.
The Vice President’s remarks can be read in full here.