Biden says nation needs a stronger GOP

PLYMOUTH, N.H. (AP) ? Vice President Joe Biden says the nation needs a stronger Republican Party.

The Delaware Democrat says that an apparent identity crisis within the GOP, fueled by tea party pressure, is complicating efforts to pass critical legislation.

Biden visited New Hampshire on Thursday in part to push President Barack Obama’s jobs bill, which has stalled in Congress.

Speaking to students at Plymouth State University, the vice president warns that kindergarten classes and public safety are at risk unless Obama’s jobs bill becomes law.

The proposal would cut payroll taxes and send billions of dollars to local schools, state governments and infrastructure projects. It depends on a new tax for millionaires.

Biden says that making deals with Republican lawmakers is more difficult because of disagreement within the GOP.