During a fundraiser for Massachusetts Senate Candidate Ed Markey last night, Vice President Biden explained that it was more important than ever to keep Republicans out of the Senate.

“I’m not talking about the character or even the quality of the minds of the people I’m going to mention. But the last thing in the world we need now is someone who will go down to the United States Senate and support Ted Cruz, support the new senator from Kentucky,” Biden said referring to Sen. Rand Paul.

“Or the old senator from Kentucky,” he added, referring to Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Biden appeared bewildered at the power the two freshmen senators wielded in the Senate with their Republican colleagues.

“Think about this,” he said. “Have you ever seen a time when two freshman senators are able to cower the bulk of the Republican Party in the Senate? That is not hyperbole.”

The Vice President expressed frustration with his failure to pass more gun control laws, explaining to the crowd that every time he tried to win the support of a Republican Senator, they cited Cruz and Paul as the reason they couldn’t join him.

“I actually said, ‘Are you kidding? These are two freshman,’” Biden added. “This is a different party, folks. They’re not bad guys, and they’re both very bright guys. And I’m not questioning their motive.”