December 12th, 2009
12:52 PM ET
6 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 (114 Responses)
  1. me

    Get a clue, Politicians! Its going to happen to ALL of you, Repubs., Dems, Inds, whomever! The American people are sick of politics as usual, lying to us to get into office and then screwing us once you get in. You all walk the rope, glad hand everybody then when we write a note, email, letter, make a phone call, wish to make an appt. to talk with our representatives, you're too busy to talk, to busy to meet and then don't even show up to vote or vote "present." Please! All y'all should get the hell beat out of you next election and we should see a whole new group of faces NEXT time!

    December 12, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. Will

    "The Republicans brought us September 11, 2001, two wars, the colapse of the financial markets, the colapse of the housing market"

    That's funny, blaming one party for all our woes and ignoring the major role the other party had in everything. Revisionist history much?

    December 12, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. John an Independent from NY

    Dodd should get the crap beat out of him. He is a moron.

    December 12, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. ib

    I hope he loses by a landside along with several others who are trying to push the gov. take over of healthcare and this stupid cap & trade bill which will do nothing but make poor people poorer.

    December 12, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. aware

    Right Joe! :)

    The dems will be getting the living h*** beat of them in 2010 & 2012!

    December 12, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. billy123

    The only misstake the Senator Dodd will make if Senator Liberman campaigns for his re-election bid. If that happens Senator Dodd will go down in the next election.

    December 12, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. Bill

    Dodd deserves any abuse that he gets. He's not doing anything different-he just got caught.

    December 12, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. Kona

    And he deserves every bit of the beating. The guy has done more to cause havoc in the financial system than all wall street executives combined.

    December 12, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. Dobbs returns

    Of course the federal govt. should not be funding a local firehouse.
    They call this "earmarking" which is a fancy way of bribing a
    colleague for a vote on another piece of legislation unrelated to
    firehouses. Dodd is part of this corrupt practice. He's wallowed in it
    for years. This is why he must go!

    December 12, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. Trac

    How soon we forget. Republicans put us where we are today, but yet, we continue to close our eyes. We get what we vote for folks.

    December 12, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. david deufel

    Perhaps Chris Dodd has had his day in the sun, especially after forcing his family to live in Iowa during his audacity-of- hopelessness presidential primary campaign. I suppose his expertise could be channelled in some other ways outside the Senate chamber. It would help his cause, if like Tiger Woods and Tricky Dicky Nixon, he had apologized and said he was sorry for errors of judgment at the very least. His is part and parcel of the Washington Establishment and a Congress whose approval ratings are worse than former President George Bush's ever were. Maybe Obamma can appoint him to a CZAR-ship position next year. This guy never has a bad hair day!

    December 12, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. MARK

    To Tim 11:55 a.m. : Get a grip fella, Ceelie is right on this one.

    December 12, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Joe from Ohio

    CNN how many AIG and Banking executives were at this fundraiser? Giving taxpayer money back to this guy. This guy is a crook and cares nothing about the Connecticut voters.

    Lets hope they send him to his house in Ireland, bought and paid for him by his AIG buddies

    December 12, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. Bill

    Has a law degree, doesn't know finance and chairs the committee on banking? After AIG, I wouldn't want him representing me in court either.

    Dodd's a Dudd not a Bud!

    Hope the people of Conn shows him what it means to be homelessness 2010

    December 12, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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