- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 6, 2016

Vice President Joseph R. Biden couldn’t resist taking shots at the Republican presidential candidates Saturday night in a monologue at the annual Gridiron Dinner in Washington.

The vice president called Texas Sen. Ted Cruz “an inspiration to every kid in America who worries that he’ll never be able to run for president because nobody likes him.”

Mr. Biden said he told President Obama, “if you really, really want to remake the Supreme Court, nominate Cruz. Before you know it, you’ll have eight vacancies.”

Referring to Republican front-runner Donald Trump, Mr. Biden said he “has attacked every person of color — except [former House Speaker] John Boehner.”

“He has demonstrated that he has a very difficult time when he has to deal with bright women of authority, like Megyn Kelly and [South Carolina] Governor Nikki Haley,” the vice president said of Mr. Trump. “Can’t you picture his reaction watching Hillary [Clinton] take the oath of office? It’s going to be worth the price of admission.”

Mr. Biden also joked about his comments on the high court in 1992, when he said the president shouldn’t fill a Supreme Court vacancy during an election year. The speech has come back to haunt him, with Senate Republicans using Mr. Biden’s argument to justify their opposition to Mr. Obama nominating a replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

“What can I tell you? That was a different time,” Mr. Biden said. “A Clinton was at the top of the polls. The Bush dynasty was in trouble. Donald Trump was saying outlandish things. As I said, a totally different time.”

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