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Biden praises "good Republicans" as he defends working with GOP

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the 2020 Public Service Forum
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during the 2020 Public Service Forum on Aug. 3 in Las Vegas. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Democrat presidential front-runner Joe Biden told attendees at a Massachusetts fundraiser Saturday that "there’s an awful lot of really good Republicans" with whom he successfully worked when he was vice president, as he defended his cooperative approach, The Hill reports.

Why it matters: Biden has been criticized by some Democrats for having worked with Republicans. But at an event in Harwich Port, he hit back at his 2020 rivals for promising executive orders to achieve policy priorities rather than working to generate consensus, the Washington Examiner notes. "You have to generate a consensus," he said, according to a pool report.

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