Mollineau — Biden takeaways: Clinton gets a boost from VP’s decision

AP
October 21, 2015


Vice President Joe Biden’s decision not to run for president clears a wider path for Hillary Rodham Clinton by removing the last major unknown in the Democratic contest to succeed President Barack Obama.

Clinton has remained the front-runner for the nomination since launching her bid last spring. But she has struggled at times to present a coherent rationale for her candidacy against an insurgent challenge from Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, questions over her use of a private email system at the State Department and some Democrats seeking an authentic, straight-talking alternative.

For the doubters, Biden offered a fallback option. Now, with about 100 days before February’s Iowa caucuses, the Democratic race essentially comes down to a contest between Clinton and Sanders. “This is the race that we have,” said Democratic strategist Rodell Mollineau.

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