Vice President Biden has nixed the idea of running to become the chair of the Democratic National Committee.
A spokesman for Biden said in a statement Tuesday evening that he will remain involved in the Democratic Party after leaving office but is “not interested” in serving atop the DNC.
“The Vice President is not interested in being DNC Chair, but he intends to remain deeply involved in helping shape the direction the Democratic Party moving forward,” a spokesperson for Biden said in the statement reported by NBC News.
Several Democrats have jumped into the race to become the next chair of the DNC, including Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, a 2004 presidential candidate who led the DNC from 2005 to 2009.
Some had urged Biden to jump into the race.
Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, who helmed the DNC during the 2000 election, argued Tuesday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that the vice president could bring the party together following a bruising election.
“I think Joe Biden is the one person who I think could bring the party together — the progressive wing of the party, the left and center … and start giving a cogent message to those working-class Democrats who abandoned us,” Rendell said.