Quote Box: Political world reacts to Biden sitting out race

AP News
Posted: Oct 21, 2015 8:30 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that he will not make a third run for president, a decision that spares him the ordeal of mounting a challenge to Democratic frontrunner Hillary Rodham Clinton — and the risk of closing his four-decade political career in defeat. Biden said from the White House Rose Garden that he had run out of time to raise enough money and set up a campaign. He did not endorse Clinton or anyone else in the unsettled battle for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Here's a look at some reactions to the decision.


"Joe Biden is a good man and a great vice president. Serving alongside him in the Senate and then the administration, I saw first-hand his passion for our country and our people... I am confident that history isn't finished with Joe Biden. As he said today, there is more work to do. And if I know Joe, he will always be on the front-lines, always fighting for all of us."

—Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton.


"The guy has a storied career. I disagree with him on philosophy, on policy, but he's clearly a great guy and served with distinction. ... I thought he would have been a pretty competitive candidate for the Democratic nomination."

—Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush.


"By the time Joe, I mean the vice president, was getting comfortable with running, there just wasn't enough time. I could just cry, seriously, because I also know how qualified and capable he is to serve."

—Terri Goodman of Dubuque, Iowa, who kept in touch with Biden for decades.


"I thank (Biden) for his continued service to the nation and his support of the middle class ... I also commend @VP's outlining of an agenda to make college free, fight economic inequality, close tax loopholes & protect dignity for all."

—Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, via Twitter.


"I think he did the smart thing because, frankly, I don't know that he would have won. He wouldn't have gotten the nomination. I don't think he probably would have. And frankly, I really want to run against Hillary, I really do." — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.


"@JoeBiden is one of the most decent, compassionate public servants our nation has produced — I respect his decision & wish him the best."

—Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley, via Twitter.


"Democrats are now left with a socialist or a candidate under FBI investigation. Let's embrace our conservative principles, and we will win."

—Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal, via Twitter.


"@HillaryClinton will likely be the D nominee. I'm the only GOP candidate who defeated the Clinton machine."

—Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, via Twitter.


"With @JoeBiden out of the race, democrats are left with a choice between socialism and corruption. Cc: @HillaryClinton @SenSanders."

—Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul, via Twitter.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/10/joe-biden-not-running-2016-candidates-react-215016#ixzz3pErK839o