Quote Box: Political world reacts to Biden sitting out race

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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.

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"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.

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"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.

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"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.

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"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.

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"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.

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"@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.

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"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.

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"@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.

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"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