No Way. Biden Ain’t Running.

Vice President Joe Biden (photo credit: John Pemble via Flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0)
Vice President Joe Biden (photo credit: John Pemble via Flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0)

I’m going to make a bold prediction — I guess I’m trying to be more like Frank. But anyway, I’m going to put myself out there: Joe Biden is not going to run for President.

The media has been drumming up hype for the Vice President for months. He’s been included in every national poll, and if you listen to the media, you’d think he’s going to announce his candidacy any day now.

But that’s not going to happen. Biden is not running.

He showed his hand last month in an interview with Stephen Colbert. Via NBC News:

In a moving interview with comedian Stephen Colbert on Thursday night, Vice President Joe Biden suggested he is not yet emotionally prepared to run for president in 2016, as he is still reeling from the death of his son earlier this summer.

“I don’t think any man or woman should run for president unless, number one, they know exactly why they would want to be president and, number two, they can look at folks out there and say, ‘I promise you, you have my whole heart, my whole soul, my energy, and my passion to do this,'” Biden told the Colbert, who recently took the helm of on CBS’ “The Late Show” from longtime host David Letterman.

“And I’d be lying if I said that I knew I was there,” Biden continued.

That’s just not something a future candidate for President is going to say publicly. No way. Right now, Biden is enjoying the attention of the media. He’s going to continue to “bide” his time.

Watch Biden’s full interview with Stephen Colbert below:

Mark my words. At some point in October, Joe Biden will declare that he is NOT running for President.

PredictIt, a market-based political prognostication website, currently rates Biden’s odds of running at 61 percent.

Jon Schweppe is Deputy Director of Communications for American Principles in Action.