At Dem retreat, Biden slams divided GOP
February 14th, 2014
10:20 AM ET
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At Dem retreat, Biden slams divided GOP

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden jabbed Republicans Friday over factions within the GOP, while also rallying members of his caucus to "aggressively push" the Democratic agenda ahead of this year's midterm elections.

"There isn't a Republican Party. I wish there were. I wish there was a Republican Party. I wish there was one person you could sit across the table from, make a deal, make a compromise, and know when you got up from that table it was done," Biden said Friday morning at the House Democrats' issues conference on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

"All you had to do was look at the response to the State of the Union,” he added. “What were there, three or four?"

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Democrats need to pick up 17 seats to regain the majority in the House. Most political handicappers say that with such a narrow list of competitive congressional districts this year, the odds are long that they can reach that goal.

Democrats appeared stronger in the poll last autumn during the government shutdown, which Americans largely blamed on congressional Republicans. But the botched rollout of a key component of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act has essentially evened the score with the GOP.

Biden acknowledged the political hurdle Obamacare could cause Democrats this year, but insisted a majority of Americans want to see the health care law stay in place.

The vice president said the American people "are already where we want them to be" on the big issues, rattling off poll numbers favoring Democrats on marriage equality, women's issues and the economy.

"Between now and November is three political lifetimes. A lot's going to happen. A lot can change," he said. "Keep your eye on the ball. The American people are where we are."

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Pivoting to the deal reached on Capitol Hill earlier this week raising debt ceiling, Biden warned that GOP pick-ups in House and Senate would mean continued fights over fiscal matters.

Biden's remarks focused largely on America's pivotal spot in the world, attributing the United States' robust international standing to a strong middle class. He cautioned, however, of a closing opportunity gap for citizens hoping to join the middle class.

"They talk about the fact that we shouldn't be talking about income inequality,” the vice president said. “I think it would be a sin if we didn't' talk about income inequality. … The single greatest obligation we have as a party is to widen that aperture so more people can get in and stay in."

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Biden was also scheduled to host a closed press question and answer session with House Democrats on Friday.

President Obama will also meet with the House Democrats Friday morning before departing to California for a meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah.


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soundoff (228 Responses)
  1. salty dog

    Thanks for saving us bill, halarious.

    February 14, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. Silence DoGood

    @bill
    want to know about the left??? clinton's closest friend? look up chelsea clinton and who she married–her father in law edward mezvinsky-wow.
    ---------------–
    10 points awarded to our conspiracy theory of the day. Edward Mezvinksy became a criminal apparently using the Clinton name to scam people. He got caught and went to jail.

    But you notice how "bill" here makes it sound like there is a hidden secret: "want to know???" Very scary!!! He could have just told us straight out like I did, but the missing mystery information is the conspiracy theorist's friend. Maybe he has a secret army. Maybe he knows about Area 51. Maybe he is spying on you right now! In some sick quarters too, Jewish name is probably suspicious.

    February 14, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  3. The REAL Truth...

    I really like reading some of the complete BS and parroted nonsense from the usual set of rw suspects. You know whom you are!! Gives me a good chuckle at how incredibly badly informed they are. I used to believe that these folks couldn't possibly live and actually believe the stuff they type. You folks need to look at facts...
    There is no socialist dictatorship in America (for one they are diametrically opposed tenets Ricky), but what we do have is a full blown plutocracy going and these folks continue to believe the GOP have their best interests at heart... [shakes head].

    February 14, 2014 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. wendel

    boy the right wing nut jobs are out in force. You go Joe ! Absolutely right there is no repo party just a bunch of clowns bashing the administration and offering nothing constructive. Abby and Rick you lost and unless you can come up with something better than Taliban ,socialist or dictatorship no one takes you seriously. Compromise is not a dirty word the American people should come first . Vote the repos out.

    February 14, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. rs

    bobo

    Biden.... What a joke! Remember people... vote Republican in 2014 & 2016..... if you want America to survive and thrive!!!
    __________________________________
    Good luck running on that. The GOP crashed the ambulance in 2008, then set up an almost perfect record of doing nothing to fix it and obstruction anything that might advance the nation- and they even failed at that.

    What will their bumper sticker be? "Vote for us, we have no clue"?

    February 14, 2014 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. rs

    Silence DoGood

    @bill
    want to know about the left??? clinton's closest friend? look up chelsea clinton and who she married–her father in law edward mezvinsky-wow.
    -----–
    10 points awarded to our conspiracy theory of the day. Edward Mezvinksy became a criminal apparently using the Clinton name to scam people. He got caught and went to jail.

    But you notice how "bill" here makes it sound like there is a hidden secret: "want to know???" Very scary!!! He could have just told us straight out like I did, but the missing mystery information is the conspiracy theorist's friend. Maybe he has a secret army. Maybe he knows about Area 51. Maybe he is spying on you right now! In some sick quarters too, Jewish name is probably suspicious.
    _____________________
    The GOP has nothing but fear, conspiracy theories and innuendo.

    February 14, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. Stuffitu

    He is a democrat liberal progressive,of course he is going to slam some one, it is what they do. Gas prices rising, stock market tanking and millions leaving the labor force, yet these dorks point to destroying healthcare, gay marriage and making sure convicted felons can legally vote for their scumbag candidates as their great accomplishments. Welcome to this Obamanation.

    February 14, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. Chris-E...al

    Here we joe again ! He sh0uld keep his lips shut .I just n0ticed on CNN where 0bama just kick tge media 0ut of a dim meeting! Transparent . I think not. i wonder what kind 0f welfair will r0ll out in aday 0r 2? Or maybe they will approve Keystone t0 day ?huuuum hahaha yea rite

    February 14, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. Tampa Tim

    And the republicans will cry that Americans set the bar too high for them. Their excuse for shutting down the government, obstruction, hate, arrogance, and lawlessness, can only be that they have no idea what they are doing.

    February 14, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. Gunderson

    Oh, Me, Gads,
    I would think Joe would like a divided Republican Party. What you bellering about Joe. You and your Liberal Friends have gotten everything they wanted over the last 100 years. And you want more? What's the matter, 17.5 Trillion not enough? I bet you want to blow another 17 Trillion, right? Maybe you upset because too many people parked their money offshore, where you and you lying thieving buddy's can't steal it, eh, Joe?

    Those that fail to learn from history are bound to repeat it, Joe. You up for seconds?

    February 14, 2014 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  11. freedom

    Trying to divert attention away from this DISASTROUS administration – it's criminal acts, Obamacare, job loss, creating division among US citizens, security breaches – deaths – ALL on this administration's watch. OWN IT!

    February 14, 2014 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  12. The REAL Truth...

    @Stuffitu – He is a democrat liberal progressive,of course he is going to slam some one, it is what they do. Gas prices rising, stock market tanking and millions leaving the labor force, yet these dorks point to destroying healthcare, gay marriage and making sure convicted felons can legally vote for their scumbag candidates as their great accomplishments. Welcome to this Obamanation.
    ---------------------------–
    I didn't think anyone could be so clueless.. but as rs stated.. "nothing but fear, conspiracy theories and innuendo", from the right, along with large doses of ADHD.
    You go Joe!

    February 14, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  13. Malory Archer

    Abbey

    Hey Joe speaking of Taliban tactics, do you guys in the Democrat party really think you can Tax and Spend the country to death?

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Nice try abbey, but no matter how many times you repeat that lie it'll never be true. Unless you'rein the bottom 30% (at which case you should be out looking for a better job or improving your skills so you can GET a better job) your taxes are lower than they've been in decades.

    February 14, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. Gurgyl

    Republicans are gone to dogs in this nation–pretty much sure. No sane will back those idiots. This time, I vote straight Democratic ticket. Let there be Lizard, cat, dog, or horse.

    February 14, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. Tampa Tim

    There is a really upset RWNJ posting at 11:34, and it makes my day. Listen to them whine about their not having any accomplishments and people having too many high expectations from republicans. How do you tell a wingnut that their base has no expectations, the bar has been removed, and they still can't accomplish anything.

    February 14, 2014 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. Tampa Tim

    Gunny – No facts again, but love the baby talk.

    February 14, 2014 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. Fair is Fair

    Malory Archer

    Abbey

    Hey Joe speaking of Taliban tactics, do you guys in the Democrat party really think you can Tax and Spend the country to death?

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Nice try abbey, but no matter how many times you repeat that lie it'll never be true. Unless you'rein the bottom 30% (at which case you should be out looking for a better job or improving your skills so you can GET a better job) your taxes are lower than they've been in decades.
    --------
    An objective interpretation of the data shows that the lowest quintile is worse off now, in terms of real wealth and spending power, than when Obama took office. To quote Sniffit, "the numbes don't lie".

    February 14, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. Chris-E...al

    0BAMAS hope an change ! its here ? where is it ?

    February 14, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  19. salty dog

    One born every minute, has to be someone I guess

    February 14, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. The REAL Truth...

    @bobo – Biden.... What a joke! Remember people... vote Republican in 2014 & 2016..... if you want America to survive and thrive!!!
    __________________________________
    Bobo, remember, we ALREADY tried that TWICE.. from 2000 to 2008.
    And what did we get from the party of Fiscal and Personal Responsibility???
    – Free fall spending on the backs of our children
    – 2 UNFUNDED wars based on a lie ($TRILLIONS)
    – UNFUNDED TARP bailout for banks too big to fail ($850B)
    – UNFUNDED Medicare Part D ($1.2T)
    – UNFUNDED Tax Cuts for the wealthy (est. $2.2T+)
    – DOUBLING of the National Debt ($5.6T to $11.4T)
    – UNFUNDED $1.47T budget deficit.

    Under the current administration, the deficit is down 50% but all that UNFUNDED spending has been added to the debt, which now requires HIGHER and HIGHER increases to pay for things Congress has already spent. NEW spending under this administration has been the LEAST of and Administration in 60 yrs.
    Don't take MY word for it.. .go look up the TRUTH and the FACTS...

    If you want America to survive and thrive.. the GOP isn't the choice.

    February 14, 2014 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  21. Malory Archer

    Fair is Fair

    Malory Archer

    Abbey

    Hey Joe speaking of Taliban tactics, do you guys in the Democrat party really think you can Tax and Spend the country to death?

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Nice try abbey, but no matter how many times you repeat that lie it'll never be true. Unless you'rein the bottom 30% (at which case you should be out looking for a better job or improving your skills so you can GET a better job) your taxes are lower than they've been in decades.
    --–
    An objective interpretation of the data shows that the lowest quintile is worse off now, in terms of real wealth and spending power, than when Obama took office. To quote Sniffit, "the numbes don't lie".

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    And what does that to do with Abbey's lie about Tax and Spend lie?

    February 14, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  22. The REAL Truth...

    @Fair is Fair – An objective interpretation of the data shows that the lowest quintile is worse off now, in terms of real wealth and spending power, than when Obama took office. To quote Sniffit, "the numbes don't lie".
    --------------------
    Fair.. you are correct. Now go ASK WHY THAT IS THAT?????
    It's caused by the economic shambles left by the prior administration.
    You can't blame the policies of the current Administration, because other than ACA, the GOP hasn't allowed passage of ANY of them, not even a BUDGET! In addition, the GOP compounded the problems by causing the Debt Rating downgrade and a forced shutdown of the Federal Govt.
    I don't care that u don't like the POTUS.. but please try to present FACTS.. it provides more credibility.

    February 14, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. rs

    Gunderson

    Oh, Me, Gads,
    I would think Joe would like a divided Republican Party. What you bellering about Joe. You and your Liberal Friends have gotten everything they wanted over the last 100 years. And you want more? What's the matter, 17.5 Trillion not enough? I bet you want to blow another 17 Trillion, right? Maybe you upset because too many people parked their money offshore, where you and you lying thieving buddy's can't steal it, eh, Joe?

    Those that fail to learn from history are bound to repeat it, Joe. You up for seconds?
    _________________________
    Well Gundy, maybe the mediocrity and failure of the Right is fine for you, I think this nation needs a GOP with a higher wattage than a desk lamp and a record of economic failure and obstructionism- don't you?

    February 14, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  24. salty dog

    Hey gundy, see if your baby fingers can figure out where and what George w.was doing election last. Your taking hypocracy to a whole new level, nah you guys aren't nuts. Cayman islands, tax evasion seminar, 10k a plate, we've got another genius here folks. And as usual, incapable of the real facts, your party depends on constant deceit.

    February 14, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    There isn't a Republican Party. I wish there were.
    -------------------------------------------------
    Joe Biden is right.
    The Republican Party is dead. There are a few straggling survivors in government of said Party that find themselves forced to go along with the nuts in order not to be outcasted.
    There are still others that will only meet behind a confessional, making sure that you won't quote them or name them.
    Real Republicans have been forced to live in fear. In fear of reprisal. In fear of having their funds cut off. In fear of being "outed" as sensible, willing to compromise, and, God forbid, putting their country BEFORE their Pary politics.
    They call these real Republicans: RINOS.
    You can't make this up.
    Welcome to our democracy.

    February 14, 2014 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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