(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden blasted Republicans during a fundraiser in Philadelphia on Friday, comparing their approach to the budget battle to the mentality of "blaming the victim" of a rape.
The remarks came as he appeared at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) event with former Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, then a Republican, who co-authored the Violence Against Women Act with him. Biden referenced the act in his comparison to Republicans, saying that before it was passed, "there was this attitude in our society of blaming the victim."
"When a woman got raped, blame her because she was wearing a skirt too short, she looked the wrong way or she wasn't home in time to make the dinner," Biden said at the DCCC event, according to a pool report. "We've gotten by that. But it's amazing how these Republicans, the right wing of this party – whose philosophy threw us into this god awful hole we're in, gave us the tremendous deficit we've inherited – that they're now using, now attempting to use, the very economic condition they have created to blame the victim – whether it's organized labor or ordinary middle-class working men and women. It's bizarre."
National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) spokeswoman Joanna Burgos responded to Biden's comments saying, "It's incredibly tasteless and offensive for the vice president to stoop to this level just to score political points. As much as Vice President Biden should retract this specific statement, he should apologize for comparing our country's dismal economic situation to such horrid acts as violence against women."
During the event, which was held at the Franklin Institute Science Museum, the vice president was also critical of Republicans who have lobbied for large cuts in discretionary spending.
"Republicans believe if they drastically cut discretionary spending, only 14 percent of the budget, and continue the tax cuts for the very wealthiest among us, that the free enterprise system will step into the vacuum and allow us to lead the world in the 21st century because it will have generated such enthusiasm and will create high paying jobs," Biden said. "Folks, there's no evidence in American history and there's no evidence in other major industrialized economies that that formula has ever worked in the midst of a gigantic recession."
Biden, who has been the lead negotiator for the budget talks, sat down earlier this month with Republican and Democratic leaders, White House Chief of Staff William Daley and Budget Director Jack Lew to hammer out a deal which would reduce spending and fund the government. Following the hour-long meeting, Biden released a one-sentence statement, saying only, "We had a good meeting, and the conversation will continue."
But the negotiations have not yet led to a deal, and this week Congress once again passed a continuing resolution to keep the government funded temporarily while leaders attempt to reach an agreement to fund the government for the rest of the current fiscal year, which ends September 3.
House Republicans are increasingly split on the issue of spending. Many conservative Republicans are seeking deep, immediate spending cuts and have resisted a deal with Democrats. When the House voted earlier this month for the two-week funding authorization that expired Friday, only six Republicans opposed, while on Tuesday, 54 voted against the new three-week extension.
The White House has urged passage of a bill to avert a government shutdown. On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a statement, "with the wide range of issues facing our nation, we cannot keep funding the government in two or three week increments."