Vice President Joe Biden‘s decision not to enter the 2016 presidential race surprised state Sen. Jeremy Ring, D-Parkland, who’s been involved in the Draft Biden effort and thought recent signs pointed toward a run.
Ring said Biden would have added excitement to the race for Democrats.
“There’s always enthusiasm around a presidential election. But I think with Joe Biden there would have been more enthusiasm around the individual. So it does take some of that away,” Ring said.
Another Democrat who urged Biden to run, state Sen. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Boynton Beach, tried to look at the bright side.
“The good news is we have Joe Biden to help lead our nation for another year. The unfortunate news is that when the vice president exits public office he will be irreplaceable,” Abruzzo said.
Tallahassee-based Democratic strategist Steven Schale, who signed on with the Draft Biden movement recently, told his Twitter followers he “Couldn’t be more proud to have been standing up for @JoeBiden. He represents the absolute best in what we all want in public service.”
Biden’s wrestling with a potential run was always linked to how he and his family are coping with the loss of son Beau Biden, who died of cancer in May.
“It’s all about the dialogue between his head and his heart,” the vice president’s brother, Delray Beach resident Frank Biden, said last week.
Ring said he believes Biden’s head was in the race, but his heart wasn’t.
“He wanted to do it, from the standpoint that they’ve been running a campaign for awhile now. He never told the Draft Biden team to stop or slow down,” Ring said. “If he ever could have figured out a way to emotionally make it work with all the tragedy that’s really pretty recent, he would have.”