December 11th, 2009
06:46 PM ET
11 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. Jimmy Palin

    See, J. Biden isn't always wrong but he should have also stated that Dodd should get the hell beaten out of him for the stupid policies he supports! Just like Biden's boss.

    December 11, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  2. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    After his role in the mortgage meltdown Dodd deserves to get the living hell beat out of him.

    December 11, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  3. Bobbie

    Ahhhhh.....eloquent as usual Mr. Vice President. What has our leadership become?

    December 11, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  4. Carol

    When Dodd is no longer in DC, CT can hang her head much higher.

    December 11, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  5. 'RUB' THE CLOWN

    Haven't heard a full accounting of Dodd's role in our economic implosion. He's kind of getting a pass.

    December 11, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  6. robt

    Dodd and Lieberman are both horrible senators. Both need to go.

    December 11, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  7. Rob from Texas

    That's O.K....we'll still vote straight 'D' down the ballot. Better than throwing Billions at two completely lost wars.

    December 11, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  8. Vietnam vet

    I do not live in CT and know nothing of the potential Republican challengers, but I do know that the Republicans were in charge when this country started an unnecessary war, looked the other way when Wall street was on drugs and, if I am not mistaken, was in charge on September 11, 2009. So I would not be that quick to look to the Republicans as the savior.

    December 11, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  9. MR RIGHT

    Remember the infamous culture of corruption speeches from the righteous left, funny how when the truth comes out about a lib they circle the wagons and defend a crook.

    December 11, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  10. German,Irish American

    Biden approval rating-38%, ten points below Palin. But then again the media doesn't dwell on the stupidity that comes out of Biden's mouth. Dodd, Franks, Biden and Obama all fought desperately against Bush's recomendations for stricter regulations against Fannie and Freddie because they were lining their pockets with money. Our economy collapsed because of this and the media helped the Democrats and Obama campaign lie about the facts and put all the blame on Bush. Worst yet, they helped elect the most dangerous President for freedom in the history of the US. Obama is destroying this country from within, ignoring the constitution, and striving for a socialist dictatorship type of Government.

    December 11, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  11. jc

    Go Peter Schiff! Get these crooks out of office

    December 11, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  12. Bryan

    Cant Angelo help him out again?

    December 11, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  13. Roger Fox

    Haha, you know you're screwed when you need Joe Biden to speak at a fundraiser for you...

    December 11, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  14. Joe M

    Dodd needs the be sent to prison for theft of government funds..He has a IQ the same as his shoe size....Right along with Reid from Neveda... We will do all in our power to dump Reid in 2010 as well..

    Joe M Fallon, Nevada

    December 11, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  15. John

    Yeah Kevin, like the Democrats have done before...no wait, that's right, it's the Republicans who nearly did that(see current finacial mess).

    Most of the mess we are in was created by the Bush Admin, not by Obama. To suggest that he shouldn't spend money to get us out of it is crazy at best. By the way , the next time a Republican President is running this country into the ground, maybe people will pay more attention. Or, just continue to blame the Democrats and hope for the best.

    December 11, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  16. WeThePeopleofVirginia

    If he can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen . . . I have no sympathy for Chris Dodd.

    December 11, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  17. LarryL

    Dodd, Biden, Franks, Rangel, Reid , Boxer. . . . do I have to go on????

    This is what happens when the electorate DOESN'T DO THEIR JOB!!!!

    There WILL be a change come next November.

    December 11, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  18. Bpin

    Guess what? If you go in front of the American public and tell a bold face lie like Dodd did, you are going to get the hell beat out of you. It is time that we show all these king bufoons, regardless of party, that they cannot do anything that they want to do because they think they are a king instead of an elected official. Dodd is about to experience that. Good riddance.

    December 11, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  19. Sean in CT

    Time for the nation to say goodbye to its deadbeat Dodd.

    December 11, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  20. mike.texas

    This republican mess will last well past obama.

    December 11, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  21. Ancient Texan

    Dodd, along with Barney Frank, caused this financial disaster. Both need to find jobs in the private sector. Animal control in a real small town seems to be about right.

    December 11, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  22. all the news that's fit to omit

    Dimocrats, this is just the beginning of your slaughter, you nitwits didn't learn nothing from the Republicans and you will pay the ultimate political price, bye, bye.

    2010 and 2012 are going to be the best years of my adult life helping CONSERVATIVES and INDEPENDENTS get elected, no more gutless Progressives that uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh lie and spend other peoples money, Obama may have to actually get his first job in 2012 if we don't impeach the fraud first.

    December 11, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  23. Dave

    With Joe giving you a heap of praise; what more could ask for your demise?

    December 11, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  24. John

    Don't give up Chris!

    Common sense and rationality will hopefully prevail.

    December 11, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  25. Dean

    Dodd should be in jail...........................

    December 11, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
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