Praise for Biden as he announces he won’t run in 2016

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden announces he will not seek the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination during an appearance with his wife Jill (R) in Rose Garden of the White House in Washington October 21, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Draft Biden, the political action committee that had urged the vice president to enter the 2016 U.S. presidential race, said it believed Joe Biden will still “articulate a vision” for the nation even after his announcement on Wednesday that he would not seek the presidency.

“While the vice president has decided not to run, we know that over the next year he will stand up for all Americans and articulate a vision for America’s future that will leave no one behind,” Will Pierce, the executive director of Draft Biden 2016, said in a statement.

Hillary:  ‘A great man’

Democrat Hillary Clinton on Wednesday called Joe Biden a good friend and great man, praising the vice president shortly after he announced his decision not to oppose her in the race for the party’s presidential nomination for the 2016 U.S. election.

Biden “is a good friend and a great man. Today and always, inspired by his optimism and commitment to change the world for the better,” Clinton said in a post on Twitter.

Sanders: ‘Understands…the middle class’

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said he hopes to continue working with Joe Biden on issues of wealth, inequality and campaign finance after the vice president earlier on Wednesday announced he will not seek the presidency.

“I look forward to continuing to work with him to address the major crises we face,” Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, said in a statement.

“He understands the need to rebuild the middle class; and to address income and wealth inequality, a corrupt campaign finance system, climate change, racial justice, immigration reform and the need for publicly funded higher education.”

Reuters wire reports


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