Biden goes on offense
April 28th, 2014
04:58 PM ET
3 months ago

Biden goes on offense

Washington (CNN) - The White House launched a new front in the battle for control of the U.S. Congress on Monday, dispatching Vice President Joe Biden to outline his party’s line of attack on the Republican economic agenda.

In a speech at The George Washington University, Biden condemned the Republicans’ approach to everything from health care spending to education, saying that recently his opponents have abandoned the central bargain of an American Democracy, “opportunity for all.”

“The new Republican Party changed their mind about that bargain,” Biden said. “They adopted an orthodoxy that devalued paychecks. They tilted the tax code in favor of unearned income over earned income, inherited wealth over take home pay.”

Resurrecting some themes from his successful 2012 campaign, Biden focused a big portion of Monday’s speech on the budget put forward by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and its effect on income inequality, telling the crowd of roughly 300, “this is not your father’s Republican Party.”

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“If I were you, I'd sit there and say, ‘Well this just seems like another political speech, another political fight in Washington, battling over the budget again, the next standoff or the next election, red meat to stir up the troops.’ It's not,” Biden said to a room made up mostly of college students.

“Don't give in to the cynicism here. Don't fall in the trap that none of this really matters or there isn't much of a difference we can make.”

Just as he did while serving as the chief attack dog for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, Biden painted a portrait of the Republican Party as one that is focused on shifting wealth towards those at the very top.

“This massive shift is being largely - not totally - largely driven by this incredibly narrow mindset that presumes that wealthy investors are the sole drivers of the economy, that all employees work solely by the grace of the shareholder's capital gain,” Biden said, explaining “that's what today's Republican Party is all about.”

Republicans were quick to fire back, releasing statements before the Vice President left the room calling his remarks “desperate” and an effort to distract from paltry support for the President’s budget.

“Rather than throwing rocks from the sidelines, President Obama and Vice President Biden should work with Republicans in producing a budget that will lower taxes, restrain spending and create good-paying jobs,” read a statement released by Jahan Wilcox, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee.

The group responsible for electing Republicans to the House of Representatives also pushed back against the Vice President’s fiery rhetoric, pointing out that the White House’s budget “leaves Obamacare in place, raises taxes, and never, ever balances.”

“This November, voters will see a clear contrast between Republicans who want to replace Obamacare with a patient-centered approach and Democrats who continue to defend this train wreck of a law,” National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Matt Gorman said in a statement.

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Filed under: 2014 • Budget • Joe Biden • Paul Ryan
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Borderless

    Biden is being offensive? How is that news?

    April 28, 2014 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. rla

    Got part of it right Joe- Opportunity for all and PURSUIT of happiness NOT EQUAL OUTCOME!!! Both of these things have been decimated by the progressive / democrats over the last 5 years so why would anyone vote democrat EVER???? Unless you have the mentality of a Chicago voter!

    April 28, 2014 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  3. Chris-E...al

    Dont mess with a upset vice president with double barrel shotgun on monday .

    April 28, 2014 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. 2_indy1600

    This train wreck of a government will not be happy until they bankrupt every state in the Union, and every working family in America. ENOUGH! If you want your party, you can keep it....just stay out of my pockets. The taxes that you want to propose for green energy won't pay the for the axis shift of the earth or the polar shift that's happened. Too little , too late dimworld.

    April 28, 2014 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. tom l

    After reading the comments about Israel from Sniffit, I never realized that he was such an anti-Semite. We all know exactly what his underlying feelings are based on his comments. I can draw this conclusion from reading Sniffit's comments about almost anyone that disagrees with President Obama.

    April 28, 2014 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  6. LacrosseMom

    @ria: WHY would anyone vote Democrat?Let me count the ways:

    1. Equal pay for equal work.
    2. Affordable Healthcare.
    3. Raising the Minimum wage.
    4. Support for the Middle Class, not the.........Top 1%!
    5. Support for our Veterans, the GOP controlled House voted against benefit increases for our Veterans!
    6. Marriage Equality
    7. End to wars in the Middle East, the GOP is the party of..............liars and warmongers!
    8. We need to pay attention to Climate Change and invest in sustainable energy, the GOP is in bed with Big Oil!
    9. Americans are sick and tired of the GOP's constant lies, fear and division.
    10. Because the GOP wants to take away a woman's right to choose!
    11. The GOP has done all it can to thwart the vote.

    That IS why this former GOPer now votes for the Democrats!

    April 28, 2014 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. James Fugedy

    Do you think that you of the 99% have the same opportunity available 30 years ago? Do you think that that the playing field is still flat? It's your prerogative to vote against you best interests. Owe you soul to the company store, and be thankful (in your ignorance).

    April 28, 2014 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. Dumbas[R]ocks

    rla - think again. The last 5 years have been a success. Starting with the avoidance of the 2nd [R]-caused economic depression in the last century, moving on to improving our health care insurance, all the way to today's more jobs, more growth.

    The real question is, with all the undisputed evidence of recent [R] FAILURE and [D] SUCCESS, why in the world would a sentient being ever vote for the [R]s?? Sentience, that's the trick rla....go look for some. Hint: you won't find it buried up FoxNews' nether-regions.

    April 28, 2014 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    The Democrats still haven't figured out, that "opportunity" means the opportunity to earn.......not to receive hadn outs from the federal government.

    If we were in school, the Dems would rate a dunce cap, for their inability to understand simple concepts.

    April 28, 2014 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. Good Ole Mr. Wilson

    The GOP is a dead party. Drive a stake through it's rotten, putrefied heart!

    April 28, 2014 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  11. Harold Read

    What is the Democrats plan:
    - increase the minimum wage. EVERYONE gets a pay cut as the cost for consumer goods go up to cover labor costs. Also, who needs job in the US when it is cheaper to higher overseas

    - allow millions of criminals who blatant broke US laws to have amnesty. Who needs better education and infrastructure when we will all have to pay for people that came into the country illegally

    - if the Democrats can give away "free stuff" to buy votes and pay with it with a Chinese Express Credit Card, here comes all the free stuff we can give ya!

    5 years of economic failure. Want more? Vote Democrat.

    April 28, 2014 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  12. Spgfld Tom

    Pssst, Zany Uncle Joe, even your own Democratic strategist say stay away from mentioning the "recovery" or the economy or jobs when talking to the voters. Focus on the "War on Women" or the "War on Coal" or the "War on the U.S. Military" or the "War on the Middle Class"......issues you and your boss have exceeded in creating (not solving) over the last 5 years. Yeah, that plan will work. Hey, after your latest visit to the Ukraine, is everything under control now?

    April 28, 2014 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. O'drama ya Mama

    “Rather than throwing rocks from the sidelines, President Obama and Vice President Biden should work with Republicans in producing a budget that will lower taxes, restrain spending and create good-paying jobs,” read a statement released by Jahan Wilcox, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee."

    Except for the fact that the GOP has already made it known that compromise is bad. Anytime a Republican compromises they get blasted by the party base.

    April 28, 2014 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  14. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    To all the GOPers: what has the GOP done for the country in the last 6 years?

    *cricket sounds*

    *a deluge of more cricket sounds*

    April 28, 2014 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  15. Silence DoGood

    @rla
    "Got part of it right Joe- Opportunity for all and PURSUIT of happiness NOT EQUAL OUTCOME!!!"
    --------–
    The trouble with conservative rants that make stuff up is that I can scroll up and READ the article. He never says he wants equal outcome. I think it is obvious that liberals generally liking diversity and individuality rarely can be found asking for equal outcome. In fact the last I heard of conformity came from the Tea Party with its "purity tests".

    April 28, 2014 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  16. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    What damn free stuff are you people always talking about??? Hell I'm a dem and where the eff is my free ish?

    Truth is there are many that vote GOP that depend on the government for everything! Red states are the biggest takers!

    April 28, 2014 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  17. steve

    I think we need to go back to the same policies we had circa 2007-2008. Those were the days. Bring on more trickle down, lower taxes for the job creators.

    Yea, that will work ;)

    April 28, 2014 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  18. len

    At Lacrosemom,

    Excellent! ! You are 100 percent correct.
    America needs to wake up and stop their prejudice.
    Democrats and all progressives need to vote in 2014. Do not repeat 2010.

    April 28, 2014 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  19. Txsportsman2012

    Well Joe was correct on one point – the GOP still believe in 'trickle down economics' where we cut taxes on the wealthy and 'hope' this time they go out and create jobs for the peasant class. Now true, that had never happened yet – but who knows, there is always a first time right?

    April 28, 2014 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  20. Logictox

    Biden is a Joke. He doesn't have to go on the offensive, he is perpetually offensive.

    April 28, 2014 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  21. willhaas

    What our Vice President really needs to address in our President's economic "plan" that the President presented during his campaign but that seems to be going no where. The "plan" calls for the federal government to start posting surpluses starting in 2015. I am sure that the Republicans could not vote against a 2015 budget that grantees a budget surplus in 2015. The President said that he would bring the nation together and that he could solve all problems between the parties by reaching across the isle. So getting a budget through congress that guarantees annual surpluses that will be used to pay down the debt starting in 2015 should not be a problem.

    The administrationon is already more than a year late in providing the budget cuts that are suppose to go along with the tax hike on the rich as part of the President's balanced approach to deficit reduction. There should also be further budget cuts that are suppose to go along with the ACA taxes.

    The heart of President's plan involves bringing all of foreigniegn military personnel home and laying them off in 2014. Just half of the money saved by such an action is suppose to be enough to provide the budget surplusesuses as part of the President's plan. administrationaion has yet to come forward with an analysis as to how much money is actually going to be saved by bringing all the troops home. If not enough money will be saved then the administrationaion has to specify what additional tax hikes and budget cuts will be required to achieve the goals of the President's economic plan. As it stands right now, the President's own White House is predicting that the President's economic "plan" will fail and that the federal government will continue to post huge deficits for at least another decade.

    April 28, 2014 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  22. rs

    "“Rather than throwing rocks from the sidelines, President Obama and Vice President Biden should work with Republicans in producing a budget that will lower taxes, restrain spending and create good-paying jobs,” read a statement released by Jahan Wilcox, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee."
    __________________________
    Pretty bold words from a party that STILL wants tax cuts for the rich, or a flat tax or anything that still punishes low-wage workers, but lets the rich go relatively free.
    Look- 1959 we had a growing middle class, infrastructure building investments in the interstate highway system, and more. We were ready to embark on missions into space. Workers were unionized (and making decent wages, and the rich paid a 90% tax rate on their top income. It was also the last balanced budget- Eisenhower and a Democratic Congress.
    We are, how shall we say, far, far away from that point. now.

    Biden is right.

    April 28, 2014 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  23. rs

    Harold Read

    What is the Democrats plan:
    – increase the minimum wage. EVERYONE gets a pay cut as the cost for consumer goods go up to cover labor costs. Also, who needs job in the US when it is cheaper to higher overseas
    _________________
    Minimum wages have risen for decades- the last time under Mr. Bush- this didn't happen before. My question is why does the Right suddenly fight it now?

    April 28, 2014 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  24. rs

    Rick McDaniel

    The Democrats still haven't figured out, that "opportunity" means the opportunity to earn.......not to receive hadn outs from the federal government.
    ___________________
    And Republicans haven't learned that means we need to fund public schools, public libraries and public universities.

    April 28, 2014 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  25. rs

    loyalright

    Blah, Blah, Blah, You can't believe anything a Democrat says. They will lie, cheat, and steal to get their way. This is the Democrat way of politics and you can thank Obama for that. Look how we got stuck with obamacare. Democrats refuse to work with Republicans period. Look how many years Democrats refused to write or pass a budget. They are a disgrace to our political system.
    _______________________
    meanwhile- which house of Congress makes the budget? Oh, yeah, the one filled with silly TEA Party radicals, and the most useless Speaker of the House. Those are the folks who haven't passed a budget. Even the esteemed Mr. Ryan relies upon the Heritage Foundation for his budget- you know, the fools who said Mr. G.W. Bush would have zero debt in 2010.

    April 28, 2014 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
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