Biden: 'There is no Republican party'


McClatchy Washington Bureau

Vice President Joe Biden told fellow Democrats from around the nation visiting Washington this week that their party should be able to win elections in November despite the pessimism that he's heard.

"Folks, I am so tired of hearing about the demise of the Democratic party," he said. "Gimme a break. There is no Republican party."

Biden said has agreed to campaign in “more than 120 races” and that he and President Barack Obama are trying to help raise money for Democrats. "I’ll campaign for or against you, whichever helps you most,” he quipped.

Biden spoke to a meeting of the Association of State Democratic Chairs jn town for the Democratic National Committee meeting in Washington.

"We should not apologize for a single thing,” he said. “We should go out and flatly lay out each of the races…This is who we are, this is who we stand for, this is what we’re going to do.”

He told them not to forget about November’s midterm elections in their rush to focus on the next presidential election.

“I know everybody wants to talk about 2016,” Biden said. “That’s lifetimes away. No, no, no, think what happens if we do not succeed, we do not succeed in 2014. Just think of what is at stake for all that brought us into this process to begin with.”

Biden said winning should be easy this year since the majority of voters agree with Democrats on key issues, including raising the minimum wage, same-sex marriage, immigration and infrastructure development.

“We have to narrow, we have to make more clear, we have to define more precisely what it is we’re about,” Biden said. “Let’s make sure if we run on what we believe, if we run on our value set, which happens to be totally consistent with where the American people think we should be on the substance of the issues, we will win.”

His speech comes as the DNC finds itself $15 million in debt and candidates are facing a slew of attacks from conservative groups.

“What we’re worried about is the Koch brothers and their friends bringing in millions and millions and millions of dollars,” he said. "Money can’t buy an election when you’re selling a bad set of goods.”

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