Vice President Joe Biden touted his ties to the black community Tuesday, telling a group of black pastors in South Carolina about his time as a public defender in Delaware, when he was “the only white boy on the east side of Wilmington.”
Biden also complained about the tea party, calling the group “crazy,” reports CNN, which received a readout of Biden’s remarks from a person who attended the event.
“This is not your father’s Republican Party,” Biden told the 100 or so pastors in the room, CNN reported. “This is a different breed of cat, man. I am not making a moral judgment, but I will tell you that they have no judgment.”
Biden was in South Carolina to help Democrats running for office there. Besides the closed-door meeting, he spoke at Allen University, a historically black college, and at a South Carolina Democratic party fundraiser at a private residence.
Some have speculated that Biden visited the state with other intentions. He is believed to be considering a 2016 presidential bid, and South Carolina is a key primary state. In 2008, Sen. Barack Obama defeated Sen. Hillary Clinton handily in the state.