Washington (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden is weighing in on the controversy surrounding the soon-to-be former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, who was elected minority leader for the next Congress on Wednesday.
"I think she's a very, very effective and competent person. She gets things done. And it's easy to - you know, in this environment, to characterize someone," Biden said of Pelosi, in an interview with CNN anchor Larry King on Larry King Live.
Pelosi faced opposition from moderate Democrats who blamed her for the party's losses in the midterm elections.
Biden also compared attitudes toward Pelosi's role as speaker to those toward other leaders.
"I think that's the case with almost all great leaders. People either liked Ronald Reagan or didn't like him. They liked George Bush or didn't. They liked Bill Clinton or didn't," Biden said.
Biden took a dig at Republicans for focusing on Pelosi during the elections.
"When you spend... $65 million to make someone a lightning rod, it works," he said.
The Vice President also weighed in on a current thorn in the side of the Obama administration - whether or not to extend the Bush-era tax cuts.
Democratic leaders announced Thursday that the controversial issue of extending those tax cuts will be taken up by lame duck Congress when lawmakers return from the Thanksgiving break. Biden continued the conciliatory tone of the post election White House, saying, "We're going to be sitting down on the 30th with the Republicans, the Republican leadership, say, guys, here's our position, what's yours, and let's see if we can work something out. We're not looking for confrontation."
But for now, the administration doesn't sound like it's making much of a change in its position on tax rates. "We don't think we can afford to extend permanently the tax cuts for the top two percent. That would blow another $700 billion hole in the budget," Biden said. "Our position is permanent for the middle class and not permanent for the top."