Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday defended the president's State of the Union speech against attacks he called "ridiculous" and expressed optimism that Congress might act on some of the proposals outlined in the remarks.
Biden dismissed criticism from GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, who labeled President Obama's remarks Tuesday night as promoting "a food stamp economy."
"It's hard to respond to Newt with those kind of ridiculous statements," Biden said on "Good Morning America." "We have a different priority set than Newt Gingrich, apparently, and our Republican colleagues have and we think it's fair to focus on the people who built this country."
Obama's speech was called "Built to Last" and outlined the president's plan for leveling the economic playing field between the rich and the middle class. Gingrich and other Republicans quickly branded it a campaign speech light on policy and big on rhetoric. They took aim at a key proposal in the speech -- a minimum 30% tax rate for Americans making $1 million.