- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 7, 2016

Vice President Joseph R. Biden says he regrets “every day” his decision not to run for president in 2016, but it was the right decision for him and his family.

“Sure, I regret it every day, but it was the right decision for my family and for me, and I plan on staying deeply involved,” Mr. Biden told a Connecticut NBC affiliate this week. “We’ve got two good candidates.”

Mr. Biden announced in October that he would not seek the Democratic nomination in 2016. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont are running first and second in most national polls, with former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley a distant third.

Mr. Biden said on the Democratic side, the campaign has been what he’s expected.

“There’s real, robust debate between Hillary and Bernie, as there would have been if I had gotten in the race,” he said. “There has been no personal attacks that I’m aware of or any consequence. It’s not a bunch of serendipity out there.”

“I will not mention them, but I promise you I have spoken to three of the presidential potential nominees on the Republican side who tell me, Joe, it’s crazy — this is absolutely crazy,” he said. “You know, the kinds of things that Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are saying are so inconsistent with … well, we’ll see what the election says. But it’s not been a very illuminating campaign so far.”

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