In a speech at a gala honoring former Vice President Walter Mondale on Oct. 20, Vice President Joe Biden referred to Hillary Clinton as “naive” for suggesting the GOP was her “enemy.”
“It is possible, it is necessary to end this notion that enemy is the other party,” Biden said. “End this notion that it is naive to think we can speak well of the other party and cooperation. What is naive is to think it is remotely possible to govern this country unless we can. That is what is naive.”
Biden was referring to Clinton’s comments at the Democratic debate about what enemy she was most proud to have made. Among the National Rifle Association, health insurance companies and Iran, Clinton answered, “The Republicans.”
“It’s most important that everyone in this room understand the other team is not the enemy,” Biden said. “If you treat it as the enemy, there is no way you can ever resolve the problems we have.”
Biden, who announced on Oct. 21 he would not seek the Democratic presidential nomination, stressed that he has “a lot of Republican friends” that include former Vice President Dick Cheney.
“I actually like Dick Cheney, for real,” he said. “I get on with him. I think he’s a decent man.”