Biden to GOP: If You Don’t Want to Save the Country, Get Out of the Way So You Don’t Destroy It

When Joe Biden first took office, he had big plans about working in a bi-partisan fashion. During his decades in the senate, the president had developed a reputation as a person that can work across the aisle.

Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and US Vice President Joseph R. Biden(R) participate in a mock swearing-in in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill January 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. The 114th Congress convened today with Republicans taking majority control of both the Senate and House of Representatives. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI

And despite his best efforts, Biden has not been able to get the Republican to compromise on much of anything. During a speech on Monday, the president asked Republicans who have no interest in governing to get out of the way before they “destroy the country.”

Biden was referencing comments recently made by Mitch McConnell. The senate minority leader threatened, “Republicans’ position is simple. We have no list of demands. For two and a half months, we have simply warned that since your party wishes to govern alone, it must handle the debt limit alone as well.”

When asked if the country could default on its debt after October 18th, Biden answered, “I cannot believe that will be the end result because the consequences are so dire. But can I guarantee it? If I could, I would. But I can’t.”

The president continued with a threat of his own. Addressing McConnell and the GOP, he remarked, “Just get out of the way. You don’t want to help save the country. Get out of the way so you don’t destroy it.”


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