Biden not running for White House because he “couldn’t win”

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Vice President Joe Biden speaks about Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in the Indian Treaty Room of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Vice President Joe Biden says he decided against running for president because he “couldn’t win,” not because he would have had too little time to get a campaign up and running.

In an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Biden said:

“I’ll be very blunt. If I thought we could’ve put together the campaign … that our supporters deserve and our contributors deserved, … I would have done it.”

The vice president also said he would not have gotten into the race just to stop Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton.

He used the interview to play down suggestions his announcement not to run, made at the White House Wednesday with President Barack Obama standing at his side, included a jab at Clinton.

At the White House event, Biden lamented partisan bickering in Washington politics and said, “I don’t think we should look at Republicans as our enemies.” Clinton had made a statement to that effect during the Democratic presidential debate earlier this month.

Biden said “that wasn’t directed at Hillary,” but was “a reference to Washington, all of Washington.”

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