Biden shines as lawmakers finally cut a deal

01/2/2013 | National Journal · Politico (Washington, D.C.) · Hill, The

Tempers flared as lawmakers sought to thrash out a fiscal compromise, with party leaders screaming obscenities at one another in the corridors of power -- but the House did finally approve the Senate's fiscal plan, with 85 Republicans, including Speaker John Boehner, joining Democrats to push through the deal. That was partly thanks to Vice President Joe Biden's ability to swoop in and win over Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell -- a move seen as almost presidential by some observers. "No doubt about it, this could be very helpful to him if he decides to run in 2016," says former top Democratic aide Jim Manley.

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