Bipartisan solutions possible because political discourse isn't broken, Biden says

02/11/2011 02:29 PM

(WITH VIDEO) LOUISVILLE — The political discourse in the United States might not be easy but it’s not broken, Vice President Joe Biden said Friday.

Biden told hundreds of students and Kentuckians at the University of Louisville that the country’s political system is dysfunctional is a myth — and that leaders from both parties can and should work together on tackling problems.

He spoke as part of the McConnell Center lecture series, and after referencing the change of power in Egypt, he focused on changes afoot in the United States.

Biden said he rejected the idea that tea party supporters, “mainstream” supporters in both parties and Blue Dog Democrats couldn’t get along in Congress. Instead, Biden said he believes everyone in Congress agrees “about the nature of our problems.”

Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate leader, introduced Biden and made a point of saying how the two worked well together, including in negotiating a deal in December to extend tax cuts for the next two years.

Biden said more bipartisan deals should be, and would be, made.

A U.S. Senator for 36 years before becoming vice president, Biden said his approach to working with his fellow senators of both parties was instilled in him from principles passed on by former Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield of Montana.

-Videos produced by Kenny Colston


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