Biden on current political climate: 'We are better than this'

Biden on current political climate: 'We are better than this'
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive White House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team MORE on Saturday sought to reassure Democrats that the party would bounce back from its defeat in November, arguing that voters would ultimately reject President Trump's politics, the Miami Herald reported.

“The state the nation is today will not be sustained by the American people,” Biden told party activists during a speech in Hollywood, Fla. “We are better than this.”

Biden's comments come as Democrats work to regroup after Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocratic debates are magnet for lobbyists NYT editorial board endorses Warren, Klobuchar for Democratic nomination for president Sanders v. Warren is just for insiders MORE's 2016 loss to Trump in a race that had been thought by many pollsters and pundits to be a shoo-in for the former secretary of State.

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Since then, Democrats have been locked in a debate over the direction of the party. Biden said on Saturday that Democrats should not choose between progressive values and appealing to working-class voters who sent Trump to the White House.

“We can’t get bogged down — and I hope I don’t offend anyone here — in this phony debate in the Democratic Party,” he said, according to the Herald. “There is no need to choose. They are not inconsistent.”

Speculation has swirled that Biden could potentially seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

He launched a political action committee last month, further fueling questions of whether he could mount a campaign.