Posted: Aug. 22, 2003
ON PRESIDENTIAL RACE IN 2004
The following is a statement
issued Aug. 11 from United States Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr.:
"As I said I was going to do,
I have taken a long and hard look at what it would take to win my
party's nomination. My goal is to influence the direction of our
country because I am deeply concerned that we are heading in the
wrong direction at home and abroad.
"Obviously, the best way to
do that would be as the Democratic nominee for president. But, at
this late date, everything would have to fall perfectly into place
and I would have to put on hold what influence I have in the United
States Senate in pursuit of what is now too much of a long shot.
"Ultimately, a decision of
this nature is intensely personal and my experiences have taught me
under such circumstances to follow my own instincts.
"At this moment, my instincts
tell me that the best way for me to work to enhance America's
national security and to fight for economic security for the middle
class is to remain in the United States Senate. From there I will
also attempt to influence the positions taken by my party's nominee
on these issues.
"Therefore, at this time, I
am not entering the race for the Democratic nomination for
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