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Waterloo mayor reacts to vice president's announcement

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Vice President Joe Biden announces his decision not to run for President of the United States in 2016.

The vice president made the announcement Wednesday afternoon in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, D.C.

Waterloo Mayor Buck Clark says he was not surprised by the vice president's decision.

The mayor says he believes the vice president's recent loss of his son, Beau Biden, took a toll on the family.

As he addressed the nation with President Obama and his wife by his side, Vice President Biden said he's made it through the grieving process, but not in time for a 2016 run for president.

Mayor Clark says he believes Vice President Biden had a lot of supporters in the Cedar Valley, especially in Waterloo.

"In a way I'm disappointed. I think that Joe Biden is the kind of person we need in Washington, D.C. right now leading this country," Mayor Clark said.

Political experts say a hurdle for the vice president would have been trying to raise enough money, while his rivals spent months collecting funds.

Even though he's out of the race, Vice President Biden promises to remain a prominent voice in the ongoing campaign.

According to the most recent NBC/Wall Street Journal Poll, which was released Tuesday before the vice president's announcement, democrats already solidified their support for Hillary Clinton as the party's 2016 Presidential Nominee.

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