Vice President Joe Biden said that Washington needed a “strong Republican Party” free of the Tea Party's influence to break through the political gridlock in the nation's capital.
At a fundraising event in North Carolina for Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, Biden said he believed the GOP would eventually move away from its conservative wing. He cited the GOP primary in Alabama's first congressional district, where last week former state Sen. Bradley Byrne defeated rival Dean Young, who was backed by local Tea Party groups.
"Your father's Republican Party is trying to come back," he said. "The business community ... came along and said enough is enough.”
“You are going to see the Republican Party wrestle back eventually to a mainstream conservative position and that's good,” said Biden. “We need a strong Republican Party. Because we have to have somebody we can look across the aisle and make a deal with.
Biden praised Hagan at the event saying there was “nobody better to be there to extend the hand on the other side when that happens."
Hagan, who is up for re-election in 2014, faces a tough fight.
Neither Hagan or Biden discussed the troubled rollout of Obamacare, the president’s signature domestic achievement.