In a strongly-worded speech to donors at a Tuesday evening fundraiser Rep. Ed Markey’s (D-Mass.) Senate campaign, Vice President Joe Biden (shown) blasted the GOP for submitting to libertarian principles inspired by Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Biden offered praise for Markey — who is campaigning in a special election to secure Secretary of State John Kerry’s former seat — and urged Democrats to stonewall Republicans from obtaining more seats in the Senate.
“Think about this,” the vice president told the crowd. “Have you ever seen a time when two freshman senators are able to cower the bulk of the Republican Party in the Senate? That is not hyperbole.”
In their so-far brief but budding senatorial careers, Cruz and Paul have clashed with many of their Republican colleagues, promoting policies to safeguard the U.S. Constitution while advocating for more transparency in government and greater civil and economic liberties. Referring to Kerry’s former Senate seat, President Obama’s second-in-command insisted that the “last thing” the country needs is an up-and-coming senator who will help reinforce the two Republicans. Biden explained:
It’s a pretty simple proposition: The United States of America, and the state of Massachusetts, does not need another Republican in the Senate. I’m being straight about this. This is not your father’s Republican Party. It really is a fundamentally different party. There’s never been as much distance, at least since I’ve been alive, distance between where the mainstream of the Republican congressional party is and the Democratic Party is. It’s a chasm. It’s a gigantic chasm.
I’m not talking about the character or even the quality of the minds of the people I’m going to mention. But the last thing in the world we need now is someone who will go down to the United States Senate and support Ted Cruz, support the new senator from Kentucky — or the old senator from Kentucky.
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