- The Washington Times - Friday, January 30, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Vice President Joseph R. Biden on Friday warned House Democrats not to let Republicans take credit for the economic recovery, saying the GOP were having an “epiphany” about the uptick.

“Watch guys. Mark my words. The Republican Party is going to try to claim this resurgence and they are going to misrepresent that it was because of, quote, policies that they supported,” Mr. Biden told the lawmakers gathered here at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel for their annual issues conference.

“It’s a bunch of malarkey. It’s absolute malarkey, as we Irish say,” said the vice president. “There is nothing further from the truth. But if we don’t speak up and reassert the case we made, it might stick politically. These guys are pretty good.”

Mr. Biden said that the Republicans also tried to “rewrite history” by celebrating the 50th anniversary of Medicare and the civil rights march in Selma, Alabama.

“Do you know any Republican today who isn’t celebrating those two events. But they had no idea of back [then] and were no part of. We Catholics call that an epiphany,” he said.

He said they were having another “epiphany” about the economy.

The warning follows President Obama’s speech at the conference Thursday in which he touted the economic resurgence that’s underway six years after he took office at the depths of the Great Recession, saying the recovery validated his policies which the president called “middle-class economic.”

Republican critics have argued that the slow recovery to the Great Recession occurred in spite of Mr. Obama’s policies, not because of them.

Mr. Obama said the recover would enable him to pursue a more aggressive domestic agenda, including increased government spending by about $74 billion, or 7 percent, ending the automatic budget cuts known as “sequestration” that helped cut deficits in half in recent years.

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