Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders React To Joe Biden's 2016 Announcement

Nothing but praise for the VP.

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were among those who reacted to Vice President Joe Biden's announcement he would not run for president in 2016.

Biden made the announcement Tuesday after months of speculation over whether he'd enter the race.

"Unfortunately, I believe we're out of time, the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the nomination," Biden said.

Clinton called Biden "a good man and a great Vice President."

"Serving alongside him in the Senate and then the [Obama] administration, I saw first-hand his passion for our country and our people. Like millions of others, I admire his devotion to family, his grace in grief, his grit and determination on behalf of the middle class, and his unyielding faith in America’s promise," she said.

"I am confident that history isn’t finished with Joe Biden," she added. "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.”

In this April 2, 2013 file photo, Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton appear onstag
In this April 2, 2013 file photo, Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton appear onstage at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Sanders, an Independent senator from Vermont, called Biden a "good friend."

“I thank the vice president for a lifetime of public service and for all that he has done for our nation. I look forward to continuing to work with him to address the major crises we face," Sanders said. "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.”

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who's also running in the Democratic primary race, said Biden "would have been a welcome addition" to the race.
"I will always admire his strength in the face of adversity and his passion for bettering our country," O'Malley said. "I respect Vice President Biden's decision today and wish the Vice President and his family well."
See more politicians' reactions to Biden's announcement below:
Reactions To Joe Biden's 2016 Decision