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RNC responds to Joe Biden announcement

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Now that Vice President Joe Biden has bowed out of the 2016 presidential race, Republicans are lamenting the loss of what could have been a stumbling block for Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

In a statement released Wednesday, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus said Biden’s decision not to enter the 2016 race is a “major blow for Democrats,” who will now almost certainly be “saddled with their unpopular and scandal-plagued” Clinton.

“Vice President Biden was the most formidable general election candidate the Democrat Party could have fielded, and his decision not to challenge Hillary Clinton greatly improves our chances of taking back the White House,” Priebus added. “With each revelation about her growing email scandal or conflicts of interest at her State Department, Hillary Clinton is getting more beatable by the day.”

Biden decided the timing was not right for his third shot at the presidency, even as polling showed he would be a formidable candidate in the race. With high favorability ratings, and a sense of frank openness, the vice president would’ve made an appealing candidate.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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