Biden: Republicans ‘Totally Out Of The Closet’ With Plan To End Medicare

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At a fundraiser for Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) in Cleveland on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden used a colorful metaphor to describe Republicans’ forthrightness about their plans to cut and phase out entitlements.

“This is not your father’s Republican Party,” he said. “The Republicans this time are totally, and I don’t mean this in a pejorative sense, are out of the closet. They are laying out for the
first time what they are for and how they think they are going to deal with the problem. That’s a debate I can hardly wait for – hopefully with Donald Trump.”

Speaking extemporaneously to a group of Democratic donors and Brown supporters, Biden explained that Democrats are grateful that Republicans have laid out their controversial plans so clearly.

The budget House Republicans passed last week, Biden said, will translate in election season into “things as simple as bumper stickers and as profound as the future of the country.”

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Brian Beutler is TPM’s senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he’s led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at brian@talkingpointsmemo.com

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