Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday evening that Democrats are in a “much better place politically” than the party was three months ago because of signs of improvement in the economy.
He also gave credit to President Obama at the Rhode Island fundraiser: “He’s also one smart son of a gun.”
Biden said in his remarks, according to the White House pool report, that America is destined to “leap forward” and overtake China’s booming economy.
“You can’t think different in a society that does not allow free speech,” he said at a fundraiser for Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.). “You’re going to see millions of jobs coming back.”
Last week, Biden entertained visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, saying at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event, “We believe that a rising China is a positive development — not only for China but also for the United States and the world. It will fuel economic growth and prosperity, and a rising China will bring to the fore a new partner with whom we can have help meeting the global challenges we all face.”
The vice president helped Whitehouse raise cash by offering photos with donors at $5,000 a pop.
Biden also praised the late father of Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Republican Sen. John Chafee, as a “man of character,” adding, “This is not your father’s Republican Party.”