Biden: 'There Isn't a Republican Party'

By Melanie Arter | February 14, 2014 | 9:31am EST

Vice President Joe Biden (AP Photo)

Vice President Joe Biden (AP Photo)

( - Vice President Joe Biden, speaking to the House Democratic Issues Conference in Cambridge, Md., on Friday, said, "There isn't a Republican Party," claiming that there wasn't one Republican "you could sit across the table from," make a deal and know that it was done.

"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. That's what political parties - that's what Nancy's able to do. That's what the president's able to commit to," Biden said.

He pointed to another example - the number of Republican responses to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), the highest ranking woman in the Republican Party delivered the official GOP response. Reps. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), considered favorites of the Tea Party, also responded to the president's speech, and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the first Cuban-American elected to Congress, gave a Spanish translation of Rodgers' speech.

"All you had to do was look at the response to the State of the Union. What were there three or four?" Biden asked.

"No, I'm not being facetious, and so I think we should just get a little focused here. Let's get a little focused about-- instead of focusing on the few things that we do have problems with, focus on all that we have going for us going into this election, and talk about them. You are doing it. I know," Biden added.

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