Obama: Biden has 'his own decisions to make' on 2016

Obama: Biden has 'his own decisions to make' on 2016
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President Obama said Friday that Vice President Biden will "have his own decisions to make" when it comes to entering the 2016 presidential race.

"I love Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden campaign slams Trump's Rose Garden event as 'sad affair' New shutdowns add to Trump woes CNN cuts away from Trump's 'campaign-type' Rose Garden speech MORE and he has his own decisions to make and I'll leave it at that," Obama said at a news conference on Friday.

Obama added that Biden has been doing an excellent job as vice president.


The president has tried to steer clear of the Democratic primary for months to avoid choosing sides between Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is the Democratic front-runner.

Biden is expected to announce whether or not he'll run for president by the end of the month, Democratic sources say. He will not participate in the first Democratic debate on Oct. 13.

The vice president has said it has been difficult to make a decision about entering the race because he is mourning the death of his son, Beau Biden, who passed away in May.

"I'll be straightforward with you, the most relevant factor in my decision to run is whether my family and I have the emotional energy to run," he said last month during an appearance in an Atlanta synagogue.