Vice President Joe Biden: July 2011 Might Mean Just 'a Few Thousand' Troops Returning

"And, again, it was all over TV, all over your network, you know. A black congressman walking up the stairs of the Capitol," he said, referring to alleged racist epithets said to an African-American congressmen by alleged Tea Party members during the climax of the debate over health care reform.

"I don't believe, the president doesn't believe that the Tea Party is a racist organization. I don't believe that," Biden said. "Very conservative. Very different views on government and a whole lot of things. But it is not a racist organization."

A Bigger Stimulus?

Tapper asked Biden whether, in retrospect, the $862 billion stimulus was too small given the dismal jobs situation in the country.

Biden said it probably would have been bigger if it weren't for Republican opposition in early 2009.

"There's a lot of people at the time argued it was too small," Biden said, "a lot of people in our administration ... even some Republican economists and some Nobel laureates like Paul Krugman, who continues to argue it was too small."

"But, you know," Biden told Tapper, "there was a reality. In order to get what we got passed, we had to find Republican votes. And we found three. And we finally got it passed."

If it wasn't for the legislative reality, Biden explained, "I think it would have been bigger. I think it would have been bigger. In fact, what we offered was slightly bigger than that.

"But the truth of the matter is that the recovery package, everybody's talking about it [like] it's over," Biden said. "The truth is, now we're spending more now this summer.

"I'm calling this ... the summer of recovery," Biden said.

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