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. tony

    Dave what do you think the wealthy and big business have been doing with your tax dollars since Nixon years . they were in a much higher tax base that kept the checks and balance some what even til Reagan . Plus the fact they were then allow to outsource american job. This created two thing a giant loss in revanue. Heres how we were giving wealthy and big business more and receving less in taxes from the plus all the job outsource from middle class wage jobs we lost their taxes but continue to give money to big business.

    February 14, 2014 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. American Worker

    The GOP isn't divided.
    It's getting purged of the D.C. establishment.

    February 14, 2014 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. Alina1

    Biden is talking the truth.. GOP is not what they were before and most of them are "gone" , but we miss them.

    February 14, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. RFA

    I real thank everybody been so open & specking ther mind. so maybe the two party(democrats & republicans) can really understand each other wen it come important issues to keep America strong. both party need to leave their private anger outside politic matter. i am from africa leaving in U.S since 2007, i watch & read a lo,t every single politics matter in this country, i have been in DC capital hil l last year just to watch live the last minute mit night when the two party came together an agreement to vote for fiscal cliff bill, i wish if i had an opportunity to be involve in american politics, i have been doing politic for longtime, but american politics are very interest to watch, republicans are great people i love all of them but like i just mention the word but, it is the negative part, just few of them make things worst for the own party, john boehner, john McCann are just few experience people that i like, the know what the doing,the understand what democrats & republicans means, is not about private fight, is about we all americans, & there is more republicans the understood the seam way like the two top leader, u will find the seam people the make democrats hard time as well, again but the balance the party as well, so the main issues in american politic in capital hill & white house is ( our politicians need to

    understand that is not private fight mattert in capital hill, is a fight to challenge some issues both party to meet great point to make america stronger then ever, there is no any other great country like U.S, this country is special, i travel the world & i know what i am talking about when it come to america, i love all american, & i love & respect ther country, thank u everybod

    February 14, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. crh

    Biden, this is the same guy that said we had television in 1929

    February 14, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. Jane

    who in the hell would vote for this idiot?

    February 14, 2014 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |

    Can't wait to see the GOBP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea potty's throats 2012 Mitt the twit style.

    February 14, 2014 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Eral Coil

    Unfortunatly niether party works for the American people anymore, no matter how deluded there thought is that they are.

    February 14, 2014 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. coastlinecascot

    A divided party is better than a united party not serving our best interest. To blindly following a "dear leader" without disagreement leads to dictators like hitler.

    February 14, 2014 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. manomundo

    They let the necons (liberals at heart) push them into needless wars, and they'll suffer for it for a long time.

    February 14, 2014 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  11. Silence DoGood

    Silence DoGood

    "Like cancelling middle class healthcare insurance so they can raise the cost and reduce the benefits? "
    millions were cancelled before ACA – some people were not allowed to but insurance at any price – that is now illegal
    "Like taxing small businesses out of existence? "
    numbers of small businesses are on the rise in recent years

    February 14, 2014 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. Norma jean

    Right on Biden...............The Repubs talk but say nothing..... All they can do is compl;ain about the present administration but when it comes time to do something for the country ...they CAN'T BE FOUND................SOMETIMES WHEN I READ THESE COMMENTS I WONDER IF THE PERSON {USUALLY REPUB} HAVE READ ANYTHING ABOUT JUST WHAT IS GOING ON...OR ARE THEY GETTING THEIR OPINIONS FROM FOX NEWS.....SURE SOUNDS LIKE IT!!!!!!.

    February 14, 2014 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. Josh

    You know a party is brainwashed when they get a slim majority of the country's vote and then they go around saying that the other party doesn't exist or isn't meaningful...

    Is there a divide in the party? Yes, that is called differing opinions, what this country was founded upon... Then you have the Democratic party and Voters that seems to believe that the Country and Congress should just fall in line with what the President wants (AKA a Monarchy masquerading as a Democratic Republic)... Hmmmmmm...

    February 14, 2014 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. ___

    Two party system is dead and obsolete. Time to move on.

    Ventura/Stern 2016

    February 14, 2014 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. yankeemon90

    In terms of income inequality, Democrats are extremely backwards on the issue. Democrats want to tax the wealthy and make the high-earners poorer to lessen the gap; Republicans want to make the poor people wealthier and have a more thriving society.

    February 14, 2014 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine



    I would rather be part of a divided party..than a party who loves nothing more than destoying thousands of fetuses on a yearly basis and bragging about using taxpayer dollars to do so...
    ......while claiming to want people to have healthcare and then try to destroy the healthcare we have.
    oh yes, I forgot about bragging about abortions:I guess we should force women to become nothing more than a uterus with hands, so they can all have that vacant look the Dugger women have down to an art form. Since the Right has no intention of using the power of the state to assist the children they insist on bringing into this world, that makes them reckless and irresponsible. Of course, they will find a way to blame the women somehow. BTW, the number of abortions in this country has been steadily dropping: dangit, we need to bring that number up again! Where are my forceps, hun?

    February 14, 2014 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. I will be honest

    Dear GOP. Want to return to a viable party? return to the age of Eisenhower. All current dems are already there.

    February 14, 2014 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  18. rapierpoint

    Guess he would prefer Congress to consist simply of 1 person from each party? Since he only wants to see 1 person on the other side of the table. I just don't see him being elected in 2016 should he choose to run for President.

    February 14, 2014 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  19. robbiej

    neither party represents the people anymore--our gov't is a joke

    February 14, 2014 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. The Real Tom Paine


    Silence DoGood

    At least the Dems are trying to do something for the all the people as opposed to the GOP doing something for the 1% or the Tea Party doing something for the gun-totting extreme Christian sub-sect

    You mean like reducing military benefits while giving illegal aliens government benefits? Like cancelling middle class healthcare insurance so they can raise the cost and reduce the benefits? Like taxing small businesses out of existence? Like having a jobs czar like Jeff Immelt who ships jobs out of the country instead of creating them(GE)?
    Benefits were restored after the cuts the GOP brought about through the sequester. Establishing basic standards for health insurance is going to be a win in the long run, and as far as taxing small businesses are concerned, its because they have been forced to ebar the burden of the tax breaks handed down to major corporations that can afford lobbyists, you knwo the ones that support the Tea party and ALEC.

    February 14, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  21. ryan

    If Biden's statement is true then there only exists the Nazi party that Liberals refer to as Democrats

    February 14, 2014 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  22. Norma jean

    LISTENING TO THE REPUBS and their followers......i am more than ever convinced that no Repub could beat a Democrat in the next election.....The" party of no ".. is possitively scary....They vote AGAINST the people time after time and have very little to show for concern for our citizens....I try to understand their position on many things...and then i hear people associated with Fox news and I can see where their twisted thinking comes from..I find it hard to believe that anyone would agree with "The voice of nasty on radio....what a hateful unhappy man he is....I can't even remember his name....

    February 14, 2014 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  23. Scott

    The current GOP is one of the most backwards groups of politicians in history. They only serve themselves and their corporate masters, that is why there can be no consensus between their own policies. Corporations have proven time and again they cannot self-regulate. The GOP is just grasping at antiqe ideals to try to extend their exloitative business structure as much as possible.

    February 14, 2014 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |

    They just keep blameing BUSH for starting war? Well if Bil Clint0n wn0d have taken Bin Ladin win he was in jail in Afganastan . THERE W0OD HAVE BIN N0 WAR OR L0SS of lives . or 911 . d0 tha research . thx

    February 14, 2014 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  25. Insight

    Republican Party disintegrated and died long time ago. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are driving the last nail on to the coffin.

    February 14, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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