Biden on Harris dropping out of race: 'I have mixed emotions about it'

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris to host virtual Hollywood campaign event co-chaired by Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling Trump plans to accept Republican nomination from White House lawn US seizes four vessels loaded with Iranian fuel MORE said he had "mixed emotions" about Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris to host virtual Hollywood campaign event co-chaired by Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling Democrats hammer Trump for entertaining false birther theory about Harris Hillicon Valley: 'Fortnite' owner sues Apple after game is removed from App Store | Federal agencies seize, dismantle cryptocurrency campaigns of major terrorist organizations MORE dropping out of the 2020 presidential race on Tuesday, praising the California Democrat who emerged as one of his most vocal critics on the campaign trail.

"She is a first-rate intellect, a first-rate candidate and a real competitor. I have mixed emotions about it because she is really a solid, solid person and loaded with talent," Biden said, according to ABC News.

Biden's comments came moments after news broke that Harris was suspending her campaign. 

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Two campaign aides told The Hill that Harris informed staff Tuesday she would suspend the campaign.

The senator later informed her supporters of her decision in an email, citing financial difficulties. 

"My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue," Harris wrote. "I’m not a billionaire. I can’t fund my own campaign. And as the campaign has gone on, it’s become harder and harder to raise the money we need to compete."

Harris and Biden notably clashed on the Democratic primary debate stage earlier this year over Biden's stance on school busing. 

She also went after Biden over his past comments working with two segregationist senators. 

Harris saw a brief bump in the polls after the debate stage confrontation. 

However, the first-term senator ultimately struggled to gain traction to stay afloat in the crowded primary field.