POLITICS
02/14/2014 09:49 am ET

Joe Biden Rallies House Democrats At Retreat

ASSOCIATED PRESS

CAMBRIDGE, Md. — Vice President Joe Biden is arguing that congressional Democrats up for re-election shouldn't run away from the party's values.

Even though President Barack Obama and some of his policies have lackluster approval ratings, Biden argued at a retreat for Democratic lawmakers Friday that voters side with them on the issues.

He said that includes the health care law, which has been plagued with roll-out problems. Still, he argued, a majority of Americans don't want it repealed.

Biden suggested that Democrats run not just to defend the party's policies, "but aggressively push" their agenda.

In his speech, Biden also criticized Republicans. "There isn't a Republican party. I wish there were," he said. "I wish there was one person you could sit across a table from, make a deal, make a compromise, and know when you got up from that table it was done." He went on, "All you had to do is look at the response to the State of The Union -- what were there, 3 or 4?"

The East Coast snow storm forced Biden to delay his speech to the conference on Maryland's Eastern shore a day. Many House Democrats skipped the retreat altogether and the ballroom Biden addressed was not full.

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