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Biden Likens Occupy Wall Street Protests to Tea Party

EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Vice President Joe Biden today likened the Occupy Wall Street protests to expressions of grassroots frustration by members of the Tea Party.

“Let’s be honest with one another,” Biden told an audience on camera at the Washington Ideas Forum. “What is the core of that protest? The core is: The bargain has been breached. The core is the American people do not think the system is fair, or on the level. That is the core is what you’re seeing with Wall Street," Biden claimed.

“There’s a lot in common with the Tea Party,” he said. “The Tea Party started, why? TARP. They thought it was unfair.”

Biden's statement comes despite the fact that the Tea Party movement espouses conservative values, while the patische of motivations from the Occupy Wall Street protests -- wealth redistribution, universal health care, and the like -- are hallmarks of many on the opposite side of the political fence.

Biden cited Bank of America’s recent decision to impose a $5 monthly fee on some debit card users as an example of new perceived unfairness related to the banking sector that has fueled more popular frustration.

“The middle class folks, these guys with the debit cards, are on their back. And [banks] are going to charge them $5 to use the cards? At minimum, they are totally tone-deaf,” Biden said.

This week, Frank Keating, CEO of American Bankers Association, blamed Senator Dick Durbin, the Illinois Democrat, for mandating the hikes.  "As a direct result of the Durbin Amendment," Keating told ABC News in am email, "consumers have started paying for financial services they previously enjoyed free of charge. Unfortunately, this proves that whenever government tries to control pricing of a product or service, consumers lose."

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Christine O'Donnell Hints at Book Deal, Reality TV, and Dirty Laundry

Photo Courtesy - Jacquelyn Martin-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Failed Republican U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell of Delaware was back in the TV talk show hot seat Wednesday night. But it didn't appear to be the start of her farewell tour.

O’Donnell, whose penchant for TV talk show appearances during the 1990s became a popular fixation during the 2010 campaign, told the Tonight Show’s Jay Leno that a book deal and reality TV show could be in her future.

"The offers have been interesting," she said. "I am not necessarily interested in a reality show, unless it’s something like a 30-minute ad we did for our campaign that highlighted these issues…I would like to do something like a watchdog-type show," said O'Donnell, who also did not rule out another run for public office.

Reflecting on her loss to Democrat Chris Coons -– her third failed bid for the office –- O’Donnell said intra-party politics hurt her campaign.  Many party leaders refused to support O’Donnell’s candidacy, which was backed by Tea Party groups and Sarah Palin.  GOP Rep. Mike Castle, whom she defeated in the primary, also refused to endorse her in the general election.

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DeMint: ‘This Time We’re Going to Do It the Right Way’

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Senator Jim DeMint told ABC News that the Tea Party-backed congressional gains would lead to a political realignment and a second chance for Republicans who recovered from big losses in 2006 and 2008.
“I’m glad to see the determination from Boehner and others in the House that this time we’re going to do it the right way,” Demint told Good Morning America, referring to presumed incoming Speaker of the House John Boehner.
“I think, right now, what I’m hopeful for is Republicans in the House will show what they stand for. They will pass legislation and send it to the Senate that we can debate and say ‘yes’ to so we won’t be in a position like we have been the last four years of just saying no to really bad legislation,” he added.
DeMint was re-elected to a second term after he defeated Democrat Alvin Greene Tuesday night. The South Carolina senator said the Republican Party and newly elected Tea Party candidates will unite by 2012 -- although he disagreed with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s comments that the GOP’s primary goal for the next two years is to make President Obama a one-term president.

“No, I don’t think [Obama] should be our focus at all, I think his policies were rebuked yesterday and this government-centric rampage of spending was rejected by the American people,” he said.
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