Vice President Joe Biden held a press conference at the US Naval Observatory today to announce his choice of Vice Presidential running mate. Acknowledging the unprecedentedness of choosing a VP candidate before announcing his own candidacy, Biden explained: “When I saw Ted Cruz choose a VP candidate in his position, with virtually zero chance of getting the Republican nomination, I felt that it was proper for me to announce my VP choice as well. I am not yet running, and I don’t intend to run. But if Bernie drops out and Hillary gets indicted, I will probably need to run. If that happens, I don’t want to be the only candidate who hasn’t already picked a VP.”
Biden had explored a presidential bid in mid-2015, but ultimately decided that personal issues related to family prevented him from running.
Campaign watchers’ initial response to Biden’s announcement was enthusiastic. “Hillary’s indictment is imminent,” said one Democratic strategist close to the White House who spoke on condition of anonymity. “It will be healthy for the party to have a viable Plan B waiting in wings when that happens.”