21 Oct Mollineau — Biden takeaways: Clinton gets a boost from VP’s decision
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.[tboot_button color=”primary” size=”md” url=”http://bigstory.ap.org/urn:publicid:ap.org:38ff028fd48e4e3ab74ce32dfb69e1fa” target=”blank” scrollto_sec_type=”class”]Read the AP article[/tboot_button]