(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden is known for his bluntness, and his comments Tuesday were no exception.
"If I hear one more Republican tell me about balancing the budget, I am going to strangle them," Biden said at a fundraiser in Minnesota. "To the press: that's a figure of speech."
It didn't take Biden long to go after Republicans and the Republicans' new "Pledge for America" that he said would increase the debt by $1 trillion.
"These guys have absolutely no credibility, no credibility on debt," Biden said. "This is the party of repeal and repeat. This is the Republican Tea Party."
Biden was introduced by former Vice President Walter Mondale at the event to raise money for former Sen. Mark Dayton, the Democratic nominee for governor in Minnesota. Dayton is facing state Rep. Tom Emmer in the November election. The winner of the general election will succeed Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who decided against running for a third term, and instead is considering a bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.