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Biden: Democratic base should 'stop whining'

MSNBC

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Campaigning for Democratic candidates in New Hampshire, Vice President Joe Biden said Monday the party’s base should “stop whining.”

Biden attended a fundraiser for Rep. Paul Hodes, who is running for the Senate; Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, who is seeking re-election to a third term; and the state Democratic Party.

He said Democrats can win both races if they draw clear distinctions between themselves and their Republican opponents, and he urged Democrats to “remind our base constituency to stop whining and get out there and look at the alternatives. This president has done an incredible job. He’s kept his promises.”

The event was hosted by yogurt manufacturer Stonyfield Farm, whose president, Gary Hirshberg, is a longtime Democratic activist and fundraiser.

The vice president also appeared on msnbc’s “The Last Word” on Monday and said that Democrats needed to “buck up.”

When asked to comment further about his “stop whining” remark, Biden said: “Those who … didn’t get everything they wanted, it’s time to just buck up here, understand that we can make things better … but not yield the playing field to those folks who are against everything we stand for.”

Speaking to voters at a Manchester home earlier in the day, Biden said the “Pledge to America” House Republicans are promoting would do nothing but increase the national debt and eliminate government services critical to the nation’s health and prosperity.

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