Barack Obama calls out GOP's 'phony tough talk and bluster'

Barack Obama calls out GOP's 'phony tough talk and bluster'

"I'm confident we'll win back the Senate, and I think we can make great inroads and maybe even win back the House".

President Obama said Thursday he's not anxious about Democrats splitting in the heat of the presidential campaign, saying Republicans "have some stuff to work out" as GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump prepared to hold a fundraising rally to compete with Fox News' Republican presidential debate.

Biden steered clear of the divisive Democratic nomination struggle between Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen.

Earlier in the day Vice President Joe Biden delivered an emotional talk to members, urging them to take the offense during this election to win back more power in Congress. Biden tried to rally Democrats who have seen their ranks gutted in recent elections. "But I've never been more optimistic that we can do big things".

"We may be given a gift from the Lord in the presidential race here", Biden told House Democrats during their annual party retreat in Baltimore.

President Barack Obama center is presented a commemorative bowl from Rep. Mark Takai D Hawaii left and Rep. Robin Lynne Kelly D-N.Y. right before
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"We're leaving this weekend stronger and more united than we were coming in", said Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., chairman of the Democratic campaign committee, who added that the party has a "foundation to build from as opposed to tearing that apart".

President Obama on Thursday officially launched a cancer-fighting task force that he said will double the rate of progress in the nation's fight against the disease. Republicans have more seats to defend, 24 to Democrats' 10, and many of those GOP seats are in states Obama won, including Illinois, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Ohio. "Or what's that guy's name, he's having a fundraiser for veterans tonight, I'm told", said the vice president. Ted Cruz are the top two Republican presidential candidates. There are 188 Democrats in the House, compared to 257 when he arrived at the White House, and the Democrats' chances of regaining control in the near future are slim.

Congressional caucuses frequently hold their retreat in Maryland, often in Baltimore or in Cambridge.

"We are a city that continues to struggle", Cummings said earlier in the week, invoking Freddie Gray and the riots that followed his death past year.

A number of Democratic leaders have noted their own personal connections to the city.

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