Vice President Biden and the 'T' word

At a meeting with House Democrats today, Vice President Biden got an earful from Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Penn., who said “the Tea Party acted like terrorists in threatening to blow up the economy.”

Doyle used the term several times. Several sources told Politico that the Vice President responded, “they have acted like terrorists.”

Did he say that?

Democratic officials in the room did not respond to emails sent by ABC News.

A spokeswoman for the Vice President, Kendra Barkoff, said, “the word was used by several members of Congress. The vice president does not believe it’s an appropriate term in political discourse.”

The Vice President told CBS News’ Scott Pelley, ""I did not use the terrorism word…What happened was there were some people who said they felt like they were being held hostage by terrorists. I never said that they were terrorists or weren't terrorists, I just let them vent. I said, ‘Even if that were the case, what's been happening when you now have taken and paid the debt and move that down so we can now discuss, the nuclear weapon's been taken out of anyone's hands.’"

-Jake Tapper

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