As Senator, Joe Biden Opposed GOP Debt Ceiling Votes and Mitch McConnell Hasn’t Forgotten

On Monday, President Joe Biden made an impassioned plea for Republicans to support an increase in the debt ceiling, asking them to “stop playing Russian roulette with the American economy.” He accused Republicans of “hypocritical, dangerous and disgraceful” partisanship—but 15 years ago, the shoe was very much on the other foot.

Then-Senator Joe Biden refused to support a GOP-led effort to increase the debt ceiling, making arguments that closely reflect those advanced by Mitch McConnell and the Republican Party today.

“My vote against the debt limit increase cannot change the fact that we have incurred this debt already, and will no doubt incur more,” Senator Biden said following his “nay” vote in 2006. “It is a statement that I refuse to be associated with the policies that brought us to this point.”

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