Vice President Joe Biden ended months of speculation Wednesday, saying he will not seek the Democratic nomination for president — a move that disappointed but didn’t surprise some Iowa Democrats.Biden spoke from the Rose Garden at the White House late Wednesday morning, saying the window of opportunity had closed for him.Brad Anderson, a Democratic strategist who worked on President Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns, said that in addition to fundraising problems this late in the cycle, Biden would have faced a number of organizational hurdles in Iowa.“The potential precinct captains and county chairs out there have already committed to other campaigns, and it would have been very difficult this late in the game to get them to leave the campaigns that they’ve committed to and jump to another campaign,” Anderson said. “And to win the Iowa caucuses, you really need to have started lining up those precinct captains months ago.”The will-he-or-won’t-he chatter began in August when the New York Times reported that Beau Biden, while on his death bed as he fought brain cancer, asked his father to promise to run for president.Biden, still mourning his eldest son’s death, at the time made clear the most important factor in his decision was whether… Read full this story
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