Biden fires up NH Dems, rips GOP

Vice President Biden on Wednesday tore into Republicans while saying that conditions favor President Obama's reelection in 2012.

Speaking at a fundraising dinner for the New Hampshire Democratic Party, Biden lambasted Republicans for supporting Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) budget proposal, which Democrats say would essentially privatize Medicare and gut crucial government programs.

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"This isn’t your father’s Republican Party. This is a different breed of cat," Biden said, according to the Nashua Telegraph

Democrats are looking to build a wave of momentum in 2012 by capitalizing on the Ryan plan. The White House and other party leaders have said Ryan's Medicare proposal will serve as a "litmus test" for Republicans up and down the ticket next year.

On Wednesday, Democrats claimed the upper hand, citing their win in an upstate New York special House election that was seen as a referendum on the Medicare plan. Republicans, however, have downplayed talk that the race will serve as a bellwether, arguing that a third-party candidate took votes away from the GOP's losing candidate.

Biden said that the economy is turning around and that conditions could be similar to those surrounding Obama's winning campaign in 2008.

“You can feel the change,” he said.

Biden also claimed Obama's strength is becoming more evident, referencing his decision to authorize a raid to capture or kill Osama bin Laden.

“I said, 'Wait another seven days for [more] information' ... [Obama] said 'Go,' " Biden admitted. "The American people now have a crystal-clear picture of how strong and decisive our president is, and that’s the last piece of the puzzle that had to be put in place."