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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You people are funny!! You blame Dodd for all the financial mess we're in, not one of you have laid any blame on any Republican who helped loosen the regulations on Wall Street. And who ever wrote Conneticut will start to gain jobs "if one person gets laid off-Chris Dodd." Since when are Senators responsible for a state's economy? I always thought that responsibilty belonged with the Govenor and the state legislature. Chris Dodd has been a loyal servant of the people of Conneticut and deserves to be relected to another term. Oh, and by the way, if it is true that Biden was a "FIVE time draft dodger," where were you when Dick Chaney was getting NINE deferments? Or Rumsfelds EIGHT? Or Wolfowetz FIVE? All of you are all the same, al or nothing at all. It must be sad living in a world marred by hate.
Why isnt Dodd being reprimaded by Congress for his dealing with Countrywide and other deals he has made and will continue to make Guess he knows where all the bodies are buried. We need to get rid of him and all the others who are trying to destroy our country
Asa democrat, I am glad to hear Dodd is getting his just desert. He is so deep in bed with the banking and financial institiutions it is a miracle his wife has not sued him for divorce. He had his chance to do right for this country, now he has to pay the price for being greedy. Like the other 90+% of the Senators, throw them all out of their beloved country club. Pack of hypocrites and thieves!
Democrats failed with slavery in the past of one race. Now they plan to enslave all of America and the rest of the world. They have not stopped with their slavery, they have just slivered their way to be the masters and impose their will upon all the land because only they know it all.
Great news. Let's all remember the corruption and vote a lot more out of office. How about term limits anyway. We need to stop career politicians. They all seem to get corrupt after long terms in office.
As Dodd should, this guy is one of the architects helping to destroy our economy! I hope Peter Schiff takes him down.
You better hope dodds does not lose. How soon you forget the REPUBLICANS lying to get us in this gawd awful war and the torture and the stealing. Bush bankrupted this country and left the mess to Obama and you people have the nerve to blame the dems?!
And you lie about Dodds . republicans are all a bunch of LIERS.
Republicans lie period.
Good, I hope every rep and sen of both parties gets the hell beat out of them this coming election. Washington is a DISGRACE.
I can't believe what I'm reading. If Dodd got it wrong the consequences would be dire? How much more dire can they get? The banking industry collapsed and the stimulus money went to labor unions. Can someone say special interest payback?
Dodd should be fired. He is not representing CT anymore and has been given to many free passes. Any Senator who is not looking out for their state and becomes the defender of big government against their states best interest should go regardless of whether you have an R or D next to your.
Linda McMahon looks more serious than Dodd!
I am so thankful that Republican politicos are above corruption and govt largesse...oh wait, I seem to recall a series of crooked, pandering, self-promoting egotists wearing red starting with Ronnie "let's deregulate everthing for the sake of profit" Reagan. Give me a break. Dodd may not be an angel, but the Republicans haven't done any better. If Conn decides to replace Dodd, maybe they should consider a candidate with ties to neither party–and no, I'm not talking about some tea-bagging, socially conservative either.
I thought thatt bribing people for there votes was illegal. I guess we will need to put Biden in jail for his crime. I hope connecticut start the ball rolling with getting rid of this worthless incumbent. I will do the same in New Hampshire to our incumbents. Lets get them all out republicans, democrats and independents.
Yeah...so? where was his concern when he as beating the hell out of the economy so that minorities could rape the housing market...and he and Obama could get kickbacks from Freddie? Screw Dodd, he's just as big a terrorist as what's in Gitmo...or Illinois...
Dodd deserves to be fired for his conflicts of interest but if he is replaced by a Republican who'll be even worse then what is the point? The two party system is a joke. There are at least 50 other Senators that need to go: all the Republicans, the blue dogs, Lieberman, and anyone else who sold out to special interests.
to ogilette: what the hell does that have to do with anything.
Republicans are such an incompetent group. Thank God we have democrats in control for the next 8 years!
God loves Obama and hates the hypocritical right!
GOOD.....all the crooks need to go be that Dem or Rep
Ya know what's bad about our government? Republicans
and Blue dog dems. They should be sent to some small island where they can preach to each other and eat each other for lunch. I hate that any of my tax money goes to any of those parasites! They are not fit to walk on the ground that Dodd stands on.
Funny – or not really – those who believe that spending money on war in Iraq was fine and dandy but not one penny for Americans – health care, infrastructure or jobs ... if Bush had done his job right, the Democrats wouldn't have to drag this country out of the swamp ...
Shall we list all the republicans with their hands in the same cookie jar?
This is not what people want when they talk about bipartisanship ...
Like most democrats the public mostly the retired folks on Medicare will decide his fate. And it doesn't look good for him. Just like the 400 billion they want to take from us thru Medicare. Better start looking for a new job.
i HOPE MR. DODD survivse and can continue to be a great public servant :)
Dodd should be in prison right now for his corruption involving the mortgage deals! HE was the head of the oversight committee that turned its back while the banks made ARM deal-after-deal and destroyed the housing market and the economy. The liberals NEVER held him accountable but the voters will in 2010!
If it were a republican that had a VIP mortgage given to him and was involved in the AIG bailouts than all hell would be breaking loose.
Mr. VP, I unfortunately cannot agree with you on voting for Senator Dodd.
Dodd is a snake and a has been. He has done nothing for CT. other than lining his pockets. I hope him and Frank go down BIG.
What a load of CRAP!