Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden hopes real estate mogul Donald Trump tops the 2012 Republican presidential ticket.
At a fundraiser in Ohio, Biden said the next election will highlight the different visions between the Democratic and Republican parties.
"This is not your father's Republican Party," Biden said according to a pool report. "The Republicans this time are totally, and I don't mean this in a pejorative sense, are out of the closet. They are laying out for the first time what they are for and how they think they are going to deal with the problem. That's a debate I can hardly wait for – hopefully with Donald Trump."
Trump, star of "Celebrity Apprentice," has publically flirted with a bid for the White House.
Biden, who was in Cleveland to support Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, said the upcoming debate about the budget and economy will translate into "things as simple as bumper stickers and as profound as the future of the country."