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. Mark

    Looks like the democrat party is in sync with Obamacare!

    Why elections seem to change that:)

    February 14, 2014 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. BeverlyNC

    We all knew this before Biden said it. There are no Republicans – just corporate puppets with varying levels of extremism. The only thing this group of do-nothing have is they are against EVERYTHING and stand for NOTHING.
    Get out and vote in November. Get these destroyers out of our government so the voice of the People matters again.
    If the ignorant vote for Republicans more our nation and our rights will be destroyed. Our most basic Constitutional right to vote is even being threatened. Vote like our country's survival depended on it – because it does.

    February 14, 2014 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. Malory Archer


    Looks like the democrat party is in sync with Obamacare!


    My daughter and her husband just signed up. They're saving $200 a month on premiums and their $15k deductible has been reduced to $3k – AND the $200 a month DECREASE in premiums is realized AFTER the birth of their second child! Pehaps you can explain why that's a bad thing.

    February 14, 2014 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. Afell

    And again Joe is right. We now have 4 or 5 separate agendas within the so-called Republican party, and other than pushing their corporate-sponsors agenda to rape and pillage the middle class...I'm sorry...keep the working peons in their place...wait, one more time...fleece the sheople...ok, this is not quite working out....Ah yes, that's right! Make sure the people who really matter in this country, the JOB CREATORS, are heard loud and clear, that no one should get government welfare except the real people (the top 1% or corporate America).
    Public welfare that goes to benefit the lowest income earners in America is a drop in the bucket when you compare it to the amount of money that leaves Federal, State and Municipal coffers and goes straight into the books or corporate America. And a lot of it for nothing more than just existing. Seems like something the Conservative Right should be fighting against, right? But do you hear them raising a big stink over the fact that most major corporations, pay a pittance in taxes? That we taxpayers are shelling out billions of dollars each year in "incentives" to the petroleum industry when they have been showing records profits, year over year? Not only that, but now those same corporations have been caught double-dipping into cleanup sites by collecting from the government AND insurance companies? Where's the outrage?

    February 14, 2014 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. wznm

    Give them minimum wages and they will really disappear!

    February 14, 2014 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. sly

    Ah, the Republicans.

    Opposed to Immigration reform.
    Opposed to Health Care.
    Hate gays.
    Love war, especially in the Mid East.
    Hate America, so they tried to shut it down.
    Hate minorities.
    Like to close major bridges.

    Yup, now theres a real political party!

    February 14, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. Malory Archer


    What a total disaster of a team Obama and Biden!!!!!!!!!! LOL!!!!!


    I know, right? I mean, Osama binLaden is dead and the auto companies are alive and have paid back their bailout loans.

    Instead of losing 800k jobs a months, we're seeing new job creation every month. Granted, things could be going better but when one party has made it their mission to bring down the President (and the nation with him) what more can you expect?

    We haven't gotten into anymore wars.

    Our annual deficit is HALF of what it was 6 years ago.

    Yeah, what a disater!

    February 14, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. Andy Porter

    Wow! Biden actually said something coherent. Although I don't believe the Republican Party is dead, it's clear it has definitely lost its soul and sadly, most that represent us aren't even aware what's missing.

    February 14, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Malory Archer


    If Biden was so great how come he didn't beat Dukakis in1998 and run against old man Busch?


    Because Bill Clinton was President.

    February 14, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. svann

    He's right. Boehner offers a compromise then has to retract it because the tea party vetoed it.

    February 14, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  11. Big Red

    The vice president said the American people "are already where we want them to be"

    But that's the whole problem with government, be it the left or the right. It's not about where THEY want us to be, but about where we want THEM to be. Government of the people, by the people and for the people; not people for the government.

    February 14, 2014 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. Silence DoGood

    @Gunderson "You and your Liberal Friends have gotten everything they wanted over the last 100 years. "
    I especially loved that Iraq war thing that Bush took us to based on lies and ran the debt up. That was a hoot. Oh, oh and the McCarthy era Communist witch hunt. That was awesome. Can we have that again?

    In honor of Lincoln: "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt."

    February 14, 2014 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. Malory Archer

    Billy Bob

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


    LOL – t least he's never rendered himself unconscious and permanently scarred while watching TV and eating a pretzel!

    February 14, 2014 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. glauber

    For as goofy as he talks a lot of the time, Biden's pretty much right. I've never seen the Republican party this screwed up internally.

    February 14, 2014 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. joeusavotes

    I agree that the R party is arguing with each other. I don't see that as bad. What I remember was that D told us we needed Health Care because 30 million were without and we were bad not to give it to them. To date about 3 million signed up and 5 million lost theirs. I don't know what the original 27 million or the latest 5 million are waiting for? Also, we are allowed to have sex with anyone and smoke pot and we should want the kids making our burgers to get a 50% raise. Long term unemployed, people sneaking into the country, and education was talked about but nothing was ever done about it. I'm happy for the people D helped but far more are suffering. If a fractured R can get the job done for most Americans I think people might take a chance over knowing what we already have had.

    February 14, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. DustyOnes

    Snicker...don't forget the battle with the Progressives in the Democrat Party. That will be the focus after the Republican take the House and Senate in November.

    February 14, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    -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.
    Nice sentiment, but how do you propose we do that, when one party committed itself to having a newly-elected president fail in teh midst of an economic crisis they were largely responsible for? All the charges of socialism are designed to do one thing, and that is to get people so hostile to one party's initiatives that its possible to win by default. The net result has been a sluggish recovery where every action by the president is deemed unconstitutional without even bothering to look at the details. The sad fact is that we all have to give up something, and the economic elites should eb taking the lead on this instead of bellyaching about how hard their lives have become. If you want the problems solved, solve it without all the games.

    February 14, 2014 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  18. Duncan

    On a positive note, the continuing destruction of the economy through massive borrowing for socialist programs such as Obamacare, ever increasing taxes and a plethora of new and revamped regulations, will be on the Dems solely. Hopefully they will disappear after the collapse .

    February 14, 2014 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  19. A Democrat who's Honest about Obama

    PLEASE run in 2016, Joe! America needs the entertainment!

    February 14, 2014 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  20. Arshagarbon

    All i can say is I'm glad the party split, and not because I'm against republicans, but because having 2 parties is a JOKE. we need more parties that ACTUALLY represent the ideas of the voters who choose them instead of this pick the lesser evil BS

    February 14, 2014 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. GetAClue

    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.

    I thought it was what the people wanted, not where the government wanted to people. Nice work Liberal Sheepals.... bow to your government, they know what is best for you. And when they are sucessful at income equality, everyone will be poor. Ignorance is bliss.........

    February 14, 2014 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  22. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    A Democrat who's Honest about Obama
    PLEASE run in 2016, Joe! America needs the entertainment!
    This is what republicans have to resort to now. Pretend to be a democrat blogger and spread a bunch republican misinformation. The desperation of them. Just go to the top of the Washington Monument and jump.

    February 14, 2014 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  23. richard

    "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt."

    February 14, 2014 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. Ken

    BeverlyNC – I beg for you to open your eyes and take a look at your Democratic party. Your party is turning our country into a socialist state. Right now your party is attacking the 1% so that the lazy 10% can continue to stay home and suck off of the teet of the federal gov't. What happens when that well runs dry? Well then the 2% will be attacked and then the 3% and so forth. What happens when we get down to the 30%? Our country simply cannot sustain this. I realize that the DNC way is going to be the way for quite some time now as there is no way that anyone who is drawing a check (~50 million Americans) from the Gov't is going to vote against the party that continues to provide them with handouts.

    February 14, 2014 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  25. Bill the Cat

    Biden doesn't stand a chance against his OWN party. much less the other one.

    February 14, 2014 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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