- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Vice President Joseph R. Biden defended his boss’s State of the Union address Wednesday morning, saying that Republicans are trying to claim credit for a recovery caused by programs the Obama administration has put in place.

“Did you notice that when all the talk about the recovery finally having been solved, all the things the president said in the beginning of the speech, including reducing the deficit significantly, have you noticed an awful lot of Republicans the last three weeks or four weeks are claiming credit for this recovery?” Mr. Biden said on “CBS This Morning.”

“What caused the recovery were the programs that, in fact, we put in place,” he said. “All the president’s saying is don’t stop the momentum now — you’re acknowledging there’s real momentum. Now let’s keep it going — let’s get the middle class a better deal.”

Mr. Biden said he’s met with members of the opposite party and that “they get it.”

“Have you ever heard the Republicans use the phrase middle class as much as you’ve heard in the last year? They get it. They get it,” he said. “So the idea we’re going to stay silent and not talk about the value system they, in fact, agree on — I looked out at that chamber … I saw the Republicans stand an awful lot. I looked out, and I saw a whole lot of friends in both political parties. I like those guys.”

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