ROCKFORD - Monday afternoon, Vice President Joe Biden stopped in Rockford to stump for Democrats Governor Pat Quinn, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos' re-elections.
After Quinn introduced the vice-president to members of IBEW Local #364 and locals, Biden credited Quinn and the Democrats for adding 500,000 to the Medicaid rolls.
"Because of this guy, a half a million more people have Medicaid. A half a million people. What do the Republicans do? They want to kick 21 million people off of Medicaid over the next 10 years. That's what their budget calls for,” Biden said, Rockford's WIFR reports.
After his visit to Rockford, Biden crossed the Mississippi into Iowa to campaign for Democrat Brad Bralee in Iowa's tight U.S. Senate race with Republican Joni Ernst. There, Biden blasted the tea party for blocking negotiations in D.C. As reported by the Times-Union:
Biden said he had struggled to negotiate compromises with Republicans in the House and Senate over the last four years because the deals were not palatable to tea party members in those chambers. He said voters in America had consensus on many policies that were being blocked as a result.
"If we don't stop the march of the tea party now, those majority Republicans in the House and Senate who know better are never going to have the courage to stand up and vote the right way," he said.