Vice President Joe Biden crossed with MSNBC moderator Joy Reid on Monday during a forum hosted by the Poor People’s campaign.
During the forum, Reid asked Biden how he expected to fight Senate Majority Mitch McConnell if he became president.
“Joy I know you’re one of the ones that thinks it’s naive to think we have to work together,” Biden replied. “The fact of the matter is, if you can’t get a consensus, nothing happens except the abuse of power by the executive, zero.”
The former vice president stepped up close to Reid to respond to her question. He said to get things done, a president had to persuade the public to follow the proposed agenda and “shame” Republicans to support it.
“If you start off with the notion there’s nothing you can do, well why don’t you all go home then man, or let’s start a real physical revolution if you’re talking about it, because we have to be able to change what we are doing in our system,” Biden said.
Biden also crossed with Reid in accusing her of shooting him a look as one of his answers went long.
“It’s a long question, it’s an essay, ok?” he said defensively. “You’re looking at me like you want me to stop. You want me to answer any more or do you want me to stop?” Reid allowed him to finish.
Biden was the first presidential candidate that spoke at the forum.