"I did not use the terrorism word," Biden told CBS Evening News anchor and managing editor Scott Pelley.
Politico, citing "several sources in the room," reported Monday afternoon that the vice president, during a closed-door meeting with House Democrats about the deal to raise the debt limit, agreed with an argument by Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, who reportedly asserted that "[w]e have negotiated with terrorists."
The report said the vice president asserted in response, "They have acted like terrorists."
Biden told Pelley he let lawmakers "vent" about the deal, which includes spending cuts but may not include revenue increases. But he says he did not assert that he agreed with the terrorism comparison.
"What happened was there were some people who said they felt like they were being held hostage by terrorists," he said. "I never said that they were terrorists or weren't terrorists, I just let them vent."
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