By Rachel Leven - 04/01/12 03:18 PM EDT
Vice President Biden on Sunday emphasized the stark changes he believes have changed politics, saying that the GOP had become unrecognizable from the party he once knew.
“This is not your father’s Republican Party. This is a different party than I’m used to,” Biden said on CBS’s "Face the Nation."
The vice president pointed to many newer members of Congress, saying they had blocked efforts to work with Democrats. Even though “the idea of compromise is alive and well in Congress,” Biden said, the “minority of the Republican Party control[s] Congress, [so] there is no room for compromise."
“It really is different ... I think the leadership of the Republican Party is prepared to work with us, but it’s sort of the tail wagging the dog,” he said.
But the electorate at least knows what it is getting in this extreme environment, said Biden. The vice president believes that without the prospect of compromise in Washington, both Democrats and Republicans are being straightforward about their goals for the nation.
"This is the first time Republicans aren’t hiding the ball,” he said. “They’re just saying straight up what they believe, and in that sense this is going to be a very stark choice the American people are going to have."