This post is by staff reporter Theodoric Meyer
Vice President Joseph Biden sharply criticized Mitt Romney and the Republican Party on Monday at a fundraiser for Sen. Maria Cantwell in Seattle, calling the presidential hopeful “George Bush on steroids” and lampooning the GOP’s foreign policy as “right out of the Cold War.”
Biden spent much of his speech praising Cantwell, who introduced him to a crowd of about 1,000 people at the Westin hotel downtown. “Joe Biden’s really a progressive rock star,” she said.
Local Republicans didn’t wait for Biden’s arrival to criticize him on Monday afternoon.
“While never knowing what gem might come out of Biden’s mouth makes him a lot of fun,” Kirby Wilbur, the Washington State Republican Party chairman, said in a statement, “he certainly isn’t someone who is going to help Washington with job growth and the economy.”
The crowd at the Westin seemed to enjoy the vice president’s gems, though.
“Be careful,” he said amid chants as he took the stage. “I won’t go home!”
Cantwell is running for a third Senate term against a field that includes Republican state Sen. Michael Baumgartner of Spokane.