Had Ford won the election, the provisions of the 22nd amendment would have disqualified him from running in 1980 , as he served more than two years of Nixon’s second term.
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On October 20, 2015, Webb announced his withdrawal from the Democratic primaries, and explored a potential Independent run.  The next day Vice-President Joe Biden decided not to run, ending months of speculation, stating, "While I will not be a candidate, I will not be silent."   On October 23, Chafee withdrew, stating that he hoped for "an end to the endless wars and the beginning of a new era for the United States and humanity".  On November 2, after failing to qualify for the second DNC-sanctioned debate after adoption of a rule change negated polls which before might have necessitated his inclusion in the debate, Lessig withdrew as well, narrowing the field to Clinton, O'Malley, and Sanders.