Vice President Joe Biden warned donors and activists of a fundamental shift in the Republican party at an Iowa fundraiser Sunday, calling today’s GOP a “different breed of cat” and taking a shot at the leadership of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
“This is not your father’s Republican Party,” he told a crowd just before Sen. Tom Harkin’s (D-IA) annual steak fry, according to a pool report. “We’re dealing with a different breed of cat as my uncle used to say. These guys aren’t bad. I’m not making moral judgments, but they have a fundamentally different view of America than we do – a fundamentally different view.”
Biden said it was crucial to support Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA), the only Democrat who has declared his candidacy for outgoing Sen. Harkin’s seat, in order to hold on to the party’s Senate majority.
“Unless we can maintain this seat, unless we can begin to break down the majority in the House of Representatives, everything you have fought for for the last six years and beyond is in jeopardy,” Biden continued, according to the pool report. “This is now a party where the tail is wagging the dog, where Ted Cruz is running the show, a freshman, in terms of the ideas of the party.”
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