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

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. PandoraDoggle

    Yeah! Why can't we have two obviously unified and monolithic factions just like the founders intended?

    February 14, 2014 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. Lucas

    Good ole Uncle Joe

    February 14, 2014 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. Brian Hartman

    I don't normally agree with Biden, but on the State of the Union debacle, he's absolutely correct. Having more than one response was a very, very stupid idea.

    February 14, 2014 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine


    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.
    Pssst! You forgot to include the Freemasons and the Illuminati.

    February 14, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. UriNation

    The best advice Joe has given was for everyone to buy a shotgun.

    February 14, 2014 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. Polar Bear

    There "is no VP" either. What a joke.

    February 14, 2014 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. tevii

    Not a Democrat by any means, but what he is saying is true. The Republican party has been overrun by religious nut jobs and it's so unfortunate

    February 14, 2014 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. Anastasia Beaverhausen

    Hillary 2016.

    February 14, 2014 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. tevii

    Not a Democrat by any means, but what he is saying is true. The Republican party has been overrun by religious fanatics and it's so unfortunate

    February 14, 2014 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. ART

    We need to start a petition to send Rafael Cruz packing.He needs to be sent back to Cuba or wherever it is he came from

    February 14, 2014 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. Dan I

    The Republican Party is trending more and more towards a similar situation it faced at it's inception. After the Whig party collapsed there were numerous factions that sprang up. These factions eventually coalesced into the Republican party but at first they faced a real identity crisis.

    The "former Whig" factions actually won a majority in the House before they had coalesced into a party. This caused a pretty significant problem because they had trouble agreeing on a Speaker. What we're seeing now almost a reverse. The GOP is breaking apart into smaller factions that may win a majority, all told, in the House or the Senate, but they can't agree to work with each other.

    How long before the "Republicans" technically control the House but are actually 3, 4, or 5 separate entities.

    February 14, 2014 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. YouRang

    Joe Biden . . .

    A 2016 run . . . The best thing that could happen to the GOP !

    February 14, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. Blue Alliance

    I say thank goodness for Joe Biden....he is not afraid to be himself and his goodness always shines through. We need a sense of humor in this age of greed and hypocriscy! So he puts his foot in his mouth on occassion.....don't we all! Just makes him more human!

    February 14, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. ireuel

    I would be curious where all these Democrats commenting here are working? This is a false recovery padded by printing phony money that will indeed show up as debt. I saw someone say the deficit has been cut in half from 6 years ago? You are right the printing machine is taking it straight to the Debt. Let me do some math, of course not using Common Core or what ever they call that sham. 7.5 trillion divided by 6 equals. Easy answer. OK I understand that 2009 should and could be blamed on all people in office in 2008 and 2009. But the last 5 years President Bush has not been there and it has remain a trillion dollars a year deficient, no matter how you spin it. That is not even adding the QE money printing every month. How close minded can someone be to believe this is going to end well. No I am not a Republican or a Democrat, I am just a American Tax payer, that is right TAX PAYER and a citizen of this country that has never been without a job in 42 years though good and bad and even worse during Jimmy Carter days. You know what, do what I did work 2 or 3 jobs to make ends meet and quit believing in either of these political party talking points or the Common Core math about the DEBT.

    February 14, 2014 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. Plato Puss

    Joe is a giant among politicians...

    "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man." –Joe Biden, referring to Barack Obama at the beginning of the 2008 Democratic primary campaign.

    February 14, 2014 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. rla

    Obama, reid and biden are uniting America against the democrats and certainly driving the popularity of the republicans

    February 14, 2014 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. ireuel

    PS Have a nice weekend and turn off any news source you are using. They to have political leanings also.

    February 14, 2014 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. jhonny Ausemkock

    Blah blah blah. Lip service to those already on his side. How Pragmatic. How brave. How constructive!

    February 14, 2014 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. NYOMD

    Don't underestimate Joe Biden just because he is gaff prone. People laughed at Dubya too.

    February 14, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. SCBAMA

    Republican Party will be all that is left when they get through putting all the Democrats in jail. Nagin was just the beginning. Everybody is doing it. Liberals/Progressives that is.

    February 14, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. Juergen

    Biden's right. The Repubs are so screwed up they couldn't get a single spokesperson to rebut the SOTU address.

    The ones that did rebut sounded like I bunch of airheads. No substance, just ideological garbage.

    The heck of it is that kind of garbage appeals to some voters. Go to votesmart dot org to see how our reps vote and where their heads are. You might be surprised.

    February 14, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. NYerOD

    The GOP will underestimate Biden at their own expense. We should let them.

    February 14, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. Silence DoGood

    @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.
    Check the news since mid-last year. We have the GOP getting $$$ from phony websites, tricking people into not signing up for ACA with phony website, whipping up conspiracy theories, running campus beer campaigns to keep young people from ACA. Spoofing a comment entry is child's play. But they are desperate.

    February 14, 2014 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. jeremy

    they're all no good if you ask me. reteaicans, democrats are both worthless.

    February 14, 2014 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. Someone

    It's true. Those guys don't really know how to party.

    February 14, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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