WASHINGTON — While on a campaign stop in Concord, N.H., former Vice President and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden told voters that Republicans would have ‘an epiphany’ after President Donald Trump left the White House and find common ground to work with Democrats. 

The former Vice President has spoken fondly of his friends in the Republican party and has framed himself as a dealmaker in a potentially divided government.

“I read in the New York Times today that I — that one of my problems is if I ever run for president, I like Republicans,” Biden told the U.S. Conference of Mayors in January. “Bless me father for I have sinned. But…from where I come from I don’t know how you get anything done.”

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This approach has drawn fire from progressive elements of the Democratic Party that do not to work with Republicans. Ezra Levin, the Co-Executive Director of progressive activist group Indivisible, asked, “wasn’t Biden in the Obama Administration or am I remembering that wrong?” 

 

 

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