Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called Vice President Joe Biden the "most formidable general election candidate" the Democrats had to offer in 2016, and said his decision not to run will only make it easier for the GOP to recapture the White House.

"The vice president's decision not to enter the 2016 race is a major blow for Democrats, who now will almost certainly be saddled with their unpopular and scandal plagued front-runner Hillary Clinton," Priebus said in a statement. "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."

"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," Priebus added.

Biden made the announcement in the White House Rose Garden Wednesday afternoon and was flanked by President Obama and his wife, Jill Biden.

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