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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  1. Fair is Fair

    The Real Tom Paine

    -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.
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    Pssst! You forgot to include the Freemasons and the Illuminati.
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    As much as I laugh, there is nothing in the comment about secret societies, Tom.

    February 14, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. The REAL Truth...

    @Jack 2 – Coming from the only guy that is dumber than Obama.
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    Aw.. Jack... no need to sell yourself short..

    February 14, 2014 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. CW

    When the choice is economic suicide, the party of no is an easy choice. Not every thing is a yes.

    February 14, 2014 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. Common Sense

    C'mon Joe, you are all crapping your shorts because you know November will return control of both houses of Congress to the republicans, making you and your boss more impotent than you already are........

    February 14, 2014 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. CW

    When the choice is Economic Terrorism, the party of no is the obvious choice.

    February 14, 2014 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. AHABTHEARAB

    If you think Obama is a laugh in Foreign Policy wait till Biden is elected

    February 14, 2014 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. The stugatz

    Biden is a colossal buffoon. Never will you be elected. Ever.

    February 14, 2014 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. rs

    ryan

    If Biden's statement is true then there only exists the Nazi party that Liberals refer to as Democrats
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    Either you know nothing about politics and history, or you haven't heard of the GOP.

    February 14, 2014 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. The REAL Truth...

    @Dean 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)?
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    You must be getting your info from the planet doo fus!
    Exactly which Govt benefits were give to illegal aliens that they weren't already getting?? And WHO cut military benefits (clue:GOP in sequester)
    The increasing cost of healthcare has been slowed by ACA and the exchanges.. your media outlets refuse to acknowledge that and pin-point every single [minor] issue with a large program. It's an inconvenient truth.. we know.
    Small businesses are GROWING in number and PAYING LESS in taxes than they have in DECADES (as is everyone else, including the 1% who can WELL AFFORD their FAIR share)
    Sure, like putting up a PRESIDENTIAL candidate much guilty of the very same things you are complaining Immelt is doing.. but you're OK with it because he's YOUR SIDE ??
    HYPOCRISY MUCH bud?

    February 14, 2014 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. Bill

    Democrats gaining control of the House? Biden and CNN have got to be high.

    They'll be lucky to keep the Senate.

    February 14, 2014 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. Malory Archer

    ryan

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

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    Regardless of which side of the aisle you're on, as soon as you equate the other side to nazis you've lost any credibility you may have had and with it, any argument you may be trying to make.

    February 14, 2014 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. Malory Archer

    Chris-E...al

    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

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    Could you please repeat the above statement in ENGLISH, using ONLY letters found in the western alphabet?

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

    Biden: "There isn't a Republican Party. I wish there were. I wish there was a Republican Party."

    Exactly what is the purpose of your statements, Biden? Do you want the Republicans voting as a block again so that nothing at all gets done? Because it seems to me that you are challenging them to do exactly that.

    What a stupid comment. However, I am not surprised it came from Biden. Please, Biden, just shut your mouth for once. I know it is hard, but at least try.

    February 14, 2014 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  14. Vic

    What's worse? A party that is split up with different points of view or a party that will vote for anything that their leaders tell them to vote for? I think both parties are in a very bad place and can learn from each other. Blind support and unwilling to compromise are both not good for the country.

    February 14, 2014 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. American

    Putin's visit came as a surprise to many, especially considering the strained relationship between the two nations. Tensions increased ahead of the Games following President Barack Obama's decision to skip the Olympics and appoint three openly gay athletes (Billie Jean King, Brian Boitano and Caitlin Cahow) to anchor the U.S. delegation.

    Many believe Obama's move was made in an effort to condemn Russia's anti-gay propaganda law. According to Armour, the decision was also met with chagrin by International Olympic Committee members, who prefer politics be left out of the two-week event.

    During his visit, Putin toured the USA House and enjoyed coffee, wine and conversation. Armour reported that he was also presented a trio of gift bags, including Team USA apparel and an official Valentine's Day pin.

    February 14, 2014 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. Demigod Vadik, CA

    Biden has a knack for stating the obvious in a blunt way...

    ...and that is why we love our Biden...

    February 14, 2014 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. tom l

    @Silence,
    Reading your comments day in day out I have to say that while we agree on some things, you honestly have no idea what the TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party is nor what their issues are. You are lazily trying to lump the TEA (Taxed Enough Already) in with Christian Conservatives. They are different. Very, very different.

    While the TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party has no singular leader and is made up of different groups, the predominant issue to them is financial. Most don't care whatsoever about social issues (unless they are politicians then they are basically required to have stances on a wider array of issues) but the huge, huge majority do not care about the social issues. I am a prime example of that. Can you give individual examples where they have strayed? Of course. Don't you think I can do the same with democrats? Of course I can. Dems, nor repubs are immune to idiots within their parties. Either you are knowingly mischaracterizing the TEA (Taxed Enough Already) or you are willfully ignorant. Not sure why you feel the need to demonize a group that just wants the govt to be smaller and less intrusive.

    February 14, 2014 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. sonnie3

    Biden's word sare right out of some comic book for 5 year olds. He is just not mature and his actions show just that.

    February 14, 2014 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. sonnie3

    I doubt with all the fiasco's going on in the democrat leadership they will hold the Senate at the next election. To many dictator like laws being changed on a whim by our potus. Sad But True. We harry ried either.

    February 14, 2014 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  20. Jeff of PEoria

    I don't know about anyone else but I wouldn't want to be part of an organization that has only one thought or idea. I think that's the great part about the Republican party now. I think that's what scares the DEMS is they have only ONE IDEA and now the Republicans have many different voices. I can see how that's a little disturbing to the OLD GUARD REPUBS who always had it their own way but in the long haul, it will make the party stronger.

    February 14, 2014 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    The REAL Truth...

    @Jack 2 – Coming from the only guy that is dumber than Obama.
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    Aw.. Jack... no need to sell yourself short..

    As you really know, I was acually talking about Biden but you fit the bill also for voting for the inept Obama twice

    February 14, 2014 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. MICKEY DOYLE

    I told the president not to have an open bar when joe is around.

    February 14, 2014 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. Skarphace

    tom l: "While the TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party has no singular leader and is made up of different groups, the predominant issue to them is financial. Most don't care whatsoever about social issues."

    I guess you have never been to a Tea Party rally, then. Here is some advice: look up Tea Party rallies on the Internet. Then get back to us. Nearly all such rallies that I have seen talk almost exclusively about social issues, not financial.

    February 14, 2014 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  24. John Illinois

    They let the fool Biden out of the closet again?!?!? No one cares what this fool says anyway! The liberal democratic agenda in conjunction with Obamacare is destroying our country!

    February 14, 2014 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  25. tom l

    skar phace:

    tom l: "While the TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party has no singular leader and is made up of different groups, the predominant issue to them is financial. Most don't care whatsoever about social issues."

    I guess you have never been to a Tea Party rally, then. Here is some advice: look up Tea Party rallies on the Internet. Then get back to us. Nearly all such rallies that I have seen talk almost exclusively about social issues, not financial.
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    I have been to a few rallies, actually. Have you? There are thousands of them throughout the country. They talk about small govt (financial) and lower taxes. I will repeat, are there idiots in the TEA Party, there are idiots in the repub party and there are idiots in the dem party. Do you deny that?

    February 14, 2014 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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