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

    And that's why many old timers are hanging it up, nothing will get done on a bipartisan vote, not with Hillary in the white house .

    February 14, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Those that fail to learn from history are bound to repeat it, Joe
    And those that don't KNOW their history are bound to repeat it's failures....Gund.

    February 14, 2014 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    You know the Republican Party is dead when you have reasonable republicans on the Senate & House floor casting votes using hand gestures & winking eyes, etc. like they're baseball managers.

    February 14, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. Dave

    I have an answer for this, Mr. Biden. They are lobbyists masquerading as Republican politicians.

    February 14, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. Gunderson

    Well Now,
    Old Gunderson know Nanny Staters need a Nanny take of them. Joe and Nanny Stater's afraid Republicans take away Rubber Ducky. and then they have to start taking care of them selves. Liberals and Democrats want run country but want Republican's and Conservatives pay for it. Soo, you better keep Republicans if you want Nanny State not collapse. But Alford E. Newman say, What me worry. No shirt, no shoes, no job, eh?

    February 14, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. frank thomas

    Obama may be meeting with king abdulh, he will first stop here in Fresno to access the damage done by the drought, about 75 here today, At least we are not frozen over but sure could the rain and snow in the mountains, as for the R,s Peal me another grape Beulah.

    February 14, 2014 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. Reggie53

    Biden is speaking.......what is he is the normal garbage he spits out whenever he opens his mouth. What a total disaster of a team Obama and Biden!!!!!!!!!! LOL!!!!!

    February 14, 2014 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Rick McDaniel
    One thing is certain......there IS only one party of Democrats.......and every last one of them is subversive to America, and bent on establishing a socialist dictatorship in America.

    Off the meds again, Dickie? Look up Will Rogers. Nothing has really changed for the Democrats...

    February 14, 2014 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. newnereview

    Joe is right. There is no republican party. The problem we have is that there are millions of voting zombies that still believe the GOP exists. Sad.

    February 14, 2014 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  10. Silence DoGood

    @Gunderson "Liberals and Democrats want run country but want Republican's and Conservatives pay for it."
    As per many sources, red states take far more from the Nanny and blue states give far more back to the government.

    February 14, 2014 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. Susan

    There may or may not be a functional Republican Party but there sure as heck remains a dysfunctional Congress, the Tea Party radical conservatives who would rather shut down the country and ruin womens rights to get their Christian dogma into law, representation that favors the most money talk favors from corporations–and nothing from people, and continuing deficit spending with no short term revenue increases such as increasing taxation of the wealthiest. Democracy is no longer functional.

    February 14, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. Billy Bob

    Well, he made it through a speach without knocking himself out on the podium.

    February 14, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  13. abdulthebutcher

    If Biden was so great how come he didn't beat Dukakis in1998 and run against old man Busch? It's because he is a loser and we will all be like him if he wins in 2016.

    February 14, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. John

    "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."

    Shouldn't Biden have phrased it as "We are already where the American people want us to be."? The twisted disconnect of the politicians is troubling. They work for us; not the other way around. Long ago the politicians have forgotten that.

    February 14, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  15. FrankA

    I'm sure Republicans are looking for a president that is honest and trustworthy.

    February 14, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  16. Adam

    This guy has seen one too many sunsets in DC. Honesty, I don't understand why they even let him speak anymore. Hey Joe your boss has used the IRS to attack political opposition and you have the nerve to talk about co-operation? GMAFB. Compromise is not doing whatever you want and expecting everyone else to just go along with it. Then crying when they don't.

    February 14, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. Silly

    So he is sort of heading down the road of our government workings should be easily decided by just the two leaders of the parties...well, might as well send everyone else home then.

    Hmmm, is it too much work to convince several people or too expensive to bribe them?

    February 14, 2014 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. stewballs

    why WOULDN'T Joe run... $10 million Travel voucher (tax free money) wing ding of the century... leading up to movie, and book deals....

    February 14, 2014 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  19. More bad news..

    Hey Shotgun Joe, why don't you insult some more parents of fallen heroes? If you don't know what I'm talking about, you must only read CNN for your news. Google the line below, you'll see what I'm talking about.

    "Joe Biden to Father of Former Navy SEAL Killed in Benghazi: ‘Did Your Son Always Have Balls the Size of Cue Balls?’"

    How can someone so out of touch with society LEAD that society?? They can't, Joe is a pitiful excuse for a national leader.

    February 14, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  20. Tom

    "I'm not a member of any organized political party, I'm a democrat." Will Rogers.

    I guess the GOP is now trying to steal dysfunction from the democrats as well.

    February 14, 2014 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  21. salty dog

    No brains, what do you consider a nanny state? One dependent on the federal government, like the "deep red" states that take 2 dollars for every one they give, good business I guess, if your business is trying to bankrupt America. Clueless, tripe just falls out of that hole don't it

    February 14, 2014 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  22. Bob


    It is appalling that you have such a narrow view of this great country. It is amazing that it still functions when you are the only contributing member of society. I guess nothing will change your mind, or the channel. It is sad to see someone who is hurting inside as much as you.

    February 14, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  23. carlin123

    Could Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden Have What It Takes To Defeat The Democrats In 2016?

    February 14, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  24. The Real Tom Paine


    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?
    Too bad the history you claim to be citing is a fantasy. Its always a hoot to see you regurgitate that line about 100 years of liberalism. Before I fed that to you, it was the 1930s. Its amazing how easily you are led astray, and it explains how you diligently keep pushing out the same lies and innuendo, eh Ray?

    February 14, 2014 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. Nate Kuehl

    wow, It's almost comical listening to all the Demoncrats ready to call the REpublican party dead. I agree the party as it sits now is a disaster. So was the Democrats after the Carter years. The prefix re means to come again or back, heaven help us all if the party does not rebound. We can not continue to be taxed into non-existence by entitlements. I see my pay check being stretched every year farther to pay for those that need a hand-out. I agree some do need help and I will give to programs helping my fellow man, but not at the expense of my own family. Entitlements are now closing in on 50 percent of people in our nation, the numbers don't add up. Once the number paying taxes is less than those pulling out of the system it will crash and political parties will be the least of our concerns is this great nation. I have family and friends on both sides of the political spectrum and instead of everyone blasting the other, especially in our congress, we all need to start working towards amiable solution.

    February 14, 2014 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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