Skip To Content

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Breaking News

Barbara Boxer Urges Joe Biden To Give Up on White House Race

Senator Barbara Boxer is urging Vice President Joe Biden to stay out of the Democratic presidential race and instead support Hillary Clinton, Politico reported on Thursday.

After months of deliberating on the issue, Biden is expected to announce this month if he will seek the nomination, as he did in 2008 and 1988, and a political action committee has been urging him to do so.

Boxer, who was a colleague of Biden’s during his long years in the Senate, told Politico on Wednesday that there was no reason for him to run. She was speaking after a televised debate on Tuesday among the Democrats who have announced they are running.

“I just don’t think there’s a rationale for his campaign,” the California senator said. “I think he should endorse Hillary and go out that way.”

Clinton leads opinion polls to be the Democratic nominee for the November 2016 election and her performance in the debate was widely seen as strengthening her position. Boxer said Clinton’s showing made a Biden campaign less viable.

“I just don’t see it,” she said.

Biden, 72, has been President Barack Obama’s vice president since 2009. Still dealing with the death of his son Beau earlier this year, he has said he is not sure whether he is up to the demands of a campaign.

Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said in an interview on MSNBC it was time for Biden to announce his intentions.

“We’re talking about different ideas about how to take the country forward, how to improve and build upon what President Obama has achieved,” Podesta said. “And if Vice President Biden wants to enter and compete for the presidency then it is time for him to make that decision.”


Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.