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LI House members, senators comment on Biden's decision

Vice President Joe Biden at the Sheraton New

Vice President Joe Biden at the Sheraton New York hotel in midtown Manhattan on Monday, July 27, 2015. Credit: Charles Eckert

The senators and House members who represent Long Island in Washington reacted to Vice President Joe Biden's announcement Wednesday that he is not going to run for president:

Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) "Joe Biden is a good person and a dedicated government official. I certainly wish him and his family the very best."

Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) "Joe has been a buddy of mine and stumped for me on Long Island. I know this was a tough decision for him and totally respect it. He's always been selfless about politics, and was especially so in this decision."

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) "Vice President Biden has had a great, long, and honorable career of public service, and I'm glad he's going to continue fighting for the same values he has held dear for decades.

"This was a difficult decision for the vice president, and because he suffered such a great loss, all of America had sympathy for him as he went through the decision making process. I trust the vice president made the right decision for himself, and look forward to continue working with him."

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) "Vice President Biden has dedicated his life to public service. I respect his decision and I'm grateful for all that he has done."

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) "As a father, I sympathize with the agonizing pain and loss that resulted from the passing of the vice president's son, Beau, which I'm sure made this entire decision-making process much more complicated.

"I served with Beau in the Army and view him as a patriotic American who was taken from his family, friends and country much too soon. Beau's death obviously was a huge factor in the vice president's decision and no one should run for president if their full heart and energy isn't into the demands of the position.

"The decision to run for president should not be taken lightly and clearly Vice President Biden has thoroughly weighed all of the many factors before making a decision."

Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City)

"Beau was a good friend of mine and he always put his family first, just as his father has done over the past several months, putting his family ahead of his own aspirations and making sure they had the time they needed to process their tragic loss.

"The vice president's message today was one of optimism, and I'm certainly glad he intends to keep speaking up, because that's a message we rarely hear in our national politics."


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