December 11th, 2009
06:46 PM ET
7 months ago

Biden: Dodd is 'getting the living hell beat out of him'

Biden: Dodd is 'getting the living hell beat out of him'.
Biden: Dodd is 'getting the living hell beat out of him'.

Washington (CNN) – Joe Biden praised Sen. Chris Dodd Friday, but conceded his good friend - one of the Senate's most vulnerable Democrats - is "getting the living hell beat of him."

The vice president made his comments at a fundraiser for Dodd Friday in Hartford, Connecticut. Dodd had been scheduled to accompany Biden at the fundraiser and at event earlier in the day to announce nearly $4 million in federal stimulus funding to replace an aging fire station in East Hartford, but stayed in the nation's capital to work on health care reform legislation and other Senate business.

The five-term senator, who's up for re-election next year and fighting for his political life, was replaced by wife Jackie Clegg Dodd.

The vice president heaped compliments on his fellow Democrat, calling him "the single most gifted legislator in Congress, now that Teddy Kennedy's gone."


Biden spoke of Dodd's dual roles for much of this year leading both the Senate Banking and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committees at a time when financial reform and health care reform are among the most pressing matters facing Congress.

"Chris Dodd is the first United States senator that has simultaneously chaired two major committees in a moment of genuine national crisis," Biden said. "And had he got either of those jobs wrong, the consequences for America would be dire....

"Chris is getting the living hell beat out of him, the living bejesus beat out of him," said Biden. "Why? Because he's being a leader. This is going to be a hell of a race and it's an uphill race, but Chris Dodd will prevail."

In a sign of Dodd's sinking political fortunes, the Cook Political Report this week moved his race from "toss up" to "lean Republican."

Dodd saw his approval ratings plunge late last year and early this year, following last year's Wall Street and banking industry financial meltdown, Dodd's involvement in the AIG bonus controversy, and questions about mortgages he obtained from a VIP program.

Dodd's poll numbers inched up during the spring and summer after bottoming out earlier this year. But his approval rating slipped back again in a Quinnipiac University survey released last month. The poll also indicated that by 53 percent to 39 percent, Connecticut voters don't think Dodd deserves to be re-elected next year. According to the survey, Dodd is trailing his two potential Republican challengers in hypothetical 2010 general election matchups.

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soundoff (129 Responses)
  1. Joe

    This is for Len in Colorado

    Hurry to the mailbaox to get your food stamps

    December 11, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  2. Mike Jones

    He needs to go. and go away quickly

    December 11, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  3. Roger S

    It is time to vote all these old scenile geisers out of office and get a younger generation in that at least have some common sence.

    December 11, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  4. Shelly

    Dodd and Frank make me puke. Biden is an idiot for defending any criminals.

    December 11, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  5. Keith in Austin

    To Len in Colorado: Your blame game of Bush is lame and passe. Dodd is a "County Wide Mortgage Crook" and was milking the system throughout Bush's time in office. As a result, he will be replaced in 2010 along with a host of other beaurocrats.

    December 11, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  6. Brian

    Love reading righties complaining about current spending. Good laugh. Really deep, deep, gut laugh. Actually, almost painful.

    December 11, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  7. Joe

    Hey Joe as the song goes, the folks of Conn. just don't want him anymore. Let him retire.

    December 11, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  8. Jaimon

    Minor gaffe. Doesn't rise to the level of the "clean" black guy comment.

    December 11, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  9. Linda

    Joe:

    Get used to it...........

    Dodd is one of MANY Democrats who are going to get the "h*ll beat out of them" in 2010!!!

    You should have been watching the polls-–as then you would have seen it coming.

    How much are you going to be willing to spend in order to try to save Harry Reid's seat???

    The 2010 elections are going to make history-–and MANY Democrats are going to join the unemployment lines!!!!

    December 11, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  10. James

    I want some of what the Republicans leaving comments here are smoking.

    Dodd isn't perfect but you think Schiff belongs in his place? That idiot compared his decision to run for office to the sacrifices American soldiers made in WW2. What a narcissistic fool!

    December 11, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. Ted

    Chris Dodd. Like father , like son. Father was a crook too.

    December 11, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. Workingstiff

    For all the noise being made about Sen. Dodd,I wonder what has this generation of taxpayers has done to better the country....NOTHING you are all a bunch of scared cowards that cry when YOU have to give of yourself.For four years this country took the money and ran now when it's truly time to pay the piper,you cowards are talking ME,ME ME again.In the course of history of this GREAT country we had generations who SACRAFICED for the next.I don't see that happening with this generation.Selfish, cowardly, afraid is NOT how Americans are.Sen Dodd and the Dems are trying to pass prosperity to the next generation.I have a new name for all the naysayers. IN-GRATS not ingrate ,but in-grats for instant gratification big babies!

    December 11, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  13. Carlos

    If he thinks he's getting beat now just wait till the election.

    December 11, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  14. Jay T

    No one mentions his involvement in the fannie mae fiasco that helped spur the financial crisis. Personally, i believe he's a hypocrite with no credibility. the fact that he still chairs these committees is laughable.

    December 11, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  15. Doug K from Allentown, PA

    Not a big Biden fan, but he speaks the truth here.

    December 11, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  16. germy

    Former Senator Chrissy Dodd! Has a beautiful ring to it.

    December 11, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  17. Gary Welch

    What does it say when the vice-president is willing to stump for votes for someone who probably should be indicted? This corruption and sense of entitlement goes all the way to the top of government.

    December 11, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  18. Nimises

    No history buffs blogging here, I see. Never has any republican ever illiminated the deficit. It takes a Democrat people. Only Big Business wins with repubs. From the Great Depression to Clinton, only democrats solve domestic issues.

    December 11, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  19. Illinostom

    Dodd = AIG He deserves to have the hell beat out of him... literally.

    December 11, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  20. jimbo

    December 11th, 2009 5:36 pm ET

    All you republicans know about hands in the cookie jar!!! We lived through it for 8 terrible years under Bush and Cheney. What hypocrits!

    once again, I will ask for proof of your allegations. I don't think President Bush got a sweetheart home loan. And even if he did, would that make it ok for Dodd to pillage and rape the system?

    December 11, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  21. Zooks

    The vice president heaped compliments on his fellow Democrat, calling him "the single most gifted legislator in Congress, now that Teddy Kennedy's gone."
    -------
    "Gifted" being a euphemism, of course.
    Sorta like being called an "ace" safecracker.

    December 11, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  22. Jacque Bauer

    I guess if a lifelong incumbent in the "in" party is getting 'the hell beat out of him' that there MUST be a reason. There is: Chris "Waitress Sandwichman" Dodd is as corrupt as the day is long.

    He's pure pond scum and responsible for our current economic mess How 'bout that Countrywide sweetheart loan??? Why is this useless man NOT in prison?

    December 11, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  23. Zooks

    2010 and 2012
    THROW THE BUMS OUT!

    December 11, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  24. Nimises

    Replace him if you want, but beware the one filling his shoes. You will wind up with a big fat NO to everything.

    December 11, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  25. Idiot_Pelosi

    DODD is a proven crook (see special homeloan deals) and he has proven himself to be incompetent. He is a typical "good ol' boy" politician who is in it for the money and the power.

    He's losing in the polls because of poor judgment, ineffective leadership, and shady deals.

    Say good bye Dodd.

    December 11, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
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