Hillary Clinton on Wednesday said Joe Biden should be given "space" to make up his mind about a presidential bid and that she had not been making "behind-the-scenes" moves as the vice president mulls his decision.
"Vice President Biden is a friend of mine—he and I were colleagues in the Senate, I worked with him as first lady, I worked with him in President Obama's first term, and I have a great deal of admiration and respect for him," Clinton told reporters after a campaign event in Ankeny, Iowa. "I think he has to make what is a very difficult decision for himself and his family, and he should have the space and opportunity to decide what he wants to do."
Clinton said she hadn't been in touch with Biden privately to discuss 2016, and that she is continuing to run her campaign and "do what I believe I should be doing.
"I don't think it's useful to be behind the scenes asking this or saying that," she said. "I've done none of that."
She also noted that Biden, whose eldest son, Beau, died earlier this summer, has a lot on his mind. She mentioned that she had attended Beau Biden's funeral back in June.
"I cannot even imagine the grief and the heartbreak," she said. "I mean, Joe has had more terrible events than most people can even contemplate: losing his first wife, losing his first daughter, now losing his son."