Biden: Obama sought repeatedly to work with GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) ? Vice President Joe Biden says the protracted policy fight between Democrats and Republicans in Washington is “not about bad guys and good guys,” but centers on how best to keep the middle class growing in America.

Biden tells “CBS This Morning” the Obama administration has worked hard to strike deals with congressional Republicans on a wide array of issues, including steps to rein in the mounting federal deficit.

But he says that time after time in talks he held with congressional figures, he was told that little could be accomplished because of the wall of opposition from 86 conservative House Republicans.

Biden says “this president came in with open arms” and was repudiated by the opposition party. He denies the White House renounced the recommendations of the Simpson-Bowles deficit-reduction commission.