October 29th, 2010
06:06 PM ET
4 years ago

Republicans in 2010? Then Biden's for McCain-Palin 2008

(CNN) - Vice President Biden equated Republicans taking over Congress in the upcoming elections with opium gang feuds at an event Friday, and he didn't stop there.

Biden warned the crowd at an Iowa rally of a pending Republican takeover.

"If these guys take over the House and the Senate this next time out… it will be a Tong War for the next two years," Biden said.

The Tong Wars were feuds among rival Asian gangs in U.S. cities over the opium trade in the mid-1800s and early 1900s.

Biden also said it would ultimately have been better for Democrats if the Bush-era policies had lasted longer.

"It would have been better to lose last time, have four more years of really bad, bad policy and have no doubt about why all this occurred and then had a decade of trying to bring America around," Biden said.

But despite his assumedly facetious 2008 revisionism, he imparted advice to the crowd about how to deal with Republican talk on government spending.

"The next time a Republican tells you anything about 'fiscal responsibility,' laugh at 'em, just laugh at 'em," Biden said.

- CNN's Joe Von kanel contributed to this report

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Filed under: 2010 • Joe Biden
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Tom

    What if it is us democrates making fun of you for your inept efforts at fiscal responsibility?

    October 29, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  2. the real ib

    anything would be better than what we've had the past two years. Obama makes Carter and Nixon look like saints.

    October 29, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  3. Disbelief

    Joe is right: Beware the Republican Mafia!!

    October 29, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  4. Julio

    He could have delivered the same message with better analogies, to say the least. Not quite in the same league as Palin and O'Donnell but getting closer.

    October 29, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  5. Chris

    I'm being 100% serious here: Can anyone from the right justify why they don't mind supporting people who are clearly not very well educated or informed in terms of history and that kind of thing? We have the tea baggers on the right who try to justify everything they do by talking about the constitution, yet idiots like O'donnelll don't even have any idea what the first amendment says. Let alone the rest of that historic document.

    It's confusing and concerning that people will line up to support these people without caring whether or not they understand what they're talking about before trying to stuff them into a public office that requires that knowledge to do the job properly.
    Why don't you guys just start trying to elect Joe Six Pack...he probably has about the same amount of education and knowledge. He can screw up the country just as easily as Bush screwed it up for 8 years.

    October 29, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  6. ratfacedgirl

    I had to read the article a couple of times...was so sidetracked by the hideous pic of VP Biden. Could you have picked anything more distracting??

    October 29, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  7. Dennis

    Joe is always entertaining. Not necessarily good at governing but funny, yes. Although I think he meant to say"thong" war.

    October 29, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  8. Miguel

    This is our supposed responsible leader. He just as nuts as Sarah. God help us!!!

    October 29, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  9. James

    "The next time a Republican tells you anything about 'fiscal responsibility,' laugh at 'em, just laugh at 'em," Biden said.

    You know there is a lot wrong with BOTH parties. This just kinda sums it up "Just laugh at them" Do not offer any thing worth a dam just laugh and turn your back then complain with no one will work with you on issues. Both parties do this.

    October 29, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  10. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    That's very true. The way the economy and our government works...it takes years not months to implement changes. It's stupid to expect the Dem's to fix the train wreck Bush left in just 2 years. Although I really believe most people do have realistic expectations. The media has just been duped by the Right-Wing propaganda machine and is hook, line, sinker into promoting their agenda. I mean the Tea Party and Palin each have their own section on the CNN ticker with not even ONE section on Dem's?

    October 29, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  11. CWH

    What a DORK!

    October 29, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  12. JG

    The front-page teaser for this story is beyond irresponsible.

    October 29, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  13. elobogrande

    I will laugh in the face of the first republe voter that whines about losing their car, their job, their house, their medical coverage...no unemployment check...only low wage jobs...inflation...or any of the other policies their leaders have PLEDGED! Maybe the bagger's God will let us go to war with North Korea, Iran, and Mexico, now that the right is gaining some seats. Second amendment solutions are becoming more appealing after each news cast. I wish you American sell-outs would move to China.

    October 29, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  14. elobogrande

    will laugh in the face of the first republe voter that whines about losing their car, their job, their house, their medical coverage...no unemployment check...only low wage jobs...inflation...or any of the other policies their leaders have PLEDGED! Maybe the bagger's God will let us go to war with North Korea, Iran, and Mexico, now that the right is gaining some seats. Second amendment solutions are becoming more appealing after each news cast. I wish you American sell-outs would move to China.

    October 29, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  15. doolindalton

    Uh, Mr. Vice President, in all due respect two additional years of fiscal irresponsibility, war-mongering, corporate profiteering, no health care reform and a depressed economy, no thanks.

    October 29, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  16. Charlie, NJ

    How can you not help but laugh at this clown?

    October 29, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  17. Dennis

    Yes laugh, considering Republican Administrations are responsible for 90% of the US debt. Pretty funny. The only thing they are fiscally responsible for is taking your hard earned money and paying their buddies BIG BONUSES.

    October 29, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  18. gg

    Biden is absolutely correct. The Republicans would be just a pathetic joke if they didn't have such a destructive agenda.. Republicans should be nowhere near the reins of power.

    October 29, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  19. CNN: A bastion of journalism!!!!

    OK, CNN, where was he wrong? Why don't you tell us – your viewership – that he is wrong, rather than toy with us, all the while doing all you can to bring back republican control of congress? In fact, why don't you dispense with this complete facade of your working as a "news" organization, rather than as the propoganda arm of corporate America, which you clearly are. Your editorial boards (college marketing flunkies) have to do a better job, rather than your censors looking out for our comments which are potentially hurtful to your efforts to get republicans back in control. We understand: you have an election to influence.

    October 29, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  20. Barry

    And this guy is VP. Pathetic.

    October 29, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  21. Catie

    Wow, it is so nice that once we have elected a President and a Vice President that they advocate for all party's. I have never ever recalled such mean nasty rhetoric coming from the mouth of a President and Vice President. How embarrassing to be a Democrat in todays climate.

    October 29, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
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