Biden: Reagan Could Not Win 2016 GOP Nomination

"...a nasty political environment..."

Vice President Joe Biden was visiting Dubai and spoke to a crowd of young entrepreneurs, telling them that Ronald Reagan could not win the 2016 GOP nomination today.

"I don't think you'll find anyone who'll challenge what I am about to say: if Ronald Reagan were alive today, seeking the nomination, he could no more get the nomination of the Republican Party than I can get the nomination. I'm not joking," the Biden said at Emirates Tower in Dubai. "What you see is this movement to the extreme in the Republican Party."

Biden also claimed that the U.S. is “reaping the downside of what has become a nasty political environment” and described American politics as “petty and venal.”

This isn't the first time Vice President Biden has taken to criticizing the Republican Party while overseas. While in Mexico last month, Biden spoke about the "rhetoric" coming from certain presidential candidates.

"There's been a lot of damaging and incredibly inaccurate rhetoric and I would argue I felt almost obliged to apologize for some of what my political colleagues have said," Biden said at a news conference with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto:

"It is about Mexico, about the Mexican people. It's a heated campaign season and I just want you to know, Mr. President, that the most heated of the rhetoric you've heard from some of the competitors for the nomination for president is not who we are as the American people. It is not a view that is the view of the majority of the American people."

Biden is on a week-long tour of the Middle East.