October 21, 2015

Biden Slams Strickland-Clinton Anti-GOP Rhetoric

As Vice President Joe Biden announced that he would not run for president this afternoon, he took the opportunity to criticize the extreme partisan rhetoric of Democratic candidates like Hillary Clinton and Ted Strickland, who have both recently referred to Republicans as “enemies.” Biden called those sentiments “mean-spirited” and “petty”:

BIDEN: It’s mean-spirited, it’s petty, and it’s gone on for much too long. I don’t believe, like some do, that it’s naïve to talk to Republicans. I don’t think we should look at Republicans as our enemies. They are our opposition, not our enemies. For the sake of the country, we have to work together. As the President has said many times, compromise is not a dirty word, but look at it this way folks: How does this country function without consensus? How can we move forward without being able to arrive at consensus? Four more years of this kind of pitched battle may be more than this country can take. We have to change it.

Just days after Clinton listed Republicans among her “enemies” during the first Democratic debate, Ted Strickland – who has endorsed Clinton – echoed her remarks, repeatedly referring to Sen. Rob Portman as his “enemy” at an event this week:

STRICKLAND: I am running for this office and I am running against Rob Portman. He is our enemy. We ought not to be fighting. I have not said a negative word about my opponent. P.G. Sittenfeld is not my enemy. Rob Portman is my enemy and the enemy of those of us who hold Democratic values.

Biden made it clear today that he plans to keep a close eye on his fellow Democrats throughout the campaign and he won’t be shy about weighing in. If Strickland keeps throwing out red meat to shore up his base, he’s likely to find himself under fire from his Party’s popular sitting Vice President.