December 12th, 2009
12:52 PM ET
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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. Ceelie

    By Republicans thugs no doubt.

    December 12, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. Texas Longhorn talks Truth

    Good. You're next.

    December 12, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. independent

    Lead with great reforms and strong regulatory protection. Show Americans how these efforts with result in greater protections for their present and future budgets. Support will be there.

    December 12, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. cortez

    Dodd and his type belong out of washington.

    December 12, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. Mike

    Second to Kennedy huh? Figures, they were like two peas in a pod. Both corrupt, both criminals, both cheaters (on their wives), both guilty of probably every single thing you can name.
    Yet Dems are Dems. They'll vote for Satan himself if he ran on the Democratic ticket.
    It's time for new blood. Get rid of the felon Dodd and every other Senator and Congressman who has served at least two terms.
    It is time for term limits. No, correction, it is waaaaaaaaaay past time for term limits.

    December 12, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  6. Ken Philip

    We are in even deeper trouble than we know if Dodd is the "single most gifted legislator" in Congress. Or is this just another Biden missspeak?

    December 12, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. Gordon Shumway

    Dodd's criticisms are all the result of an extreme right-wing or left-wing conspiracy, left over from Bill Clinton's era.

    December 12, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. Terry, TX

    Chris Dodd is a crook....his sweet mortgage deal...and let us not forget his "Irish" cottage...him lying about he had nothing to do with putting in the legislation to give AIG their bonuses and then getting caught....he as the chairman of the banking committee fought 17 efforts of regulating Fannie and Freddie from the financial catastrophe they are responsible for. No...no...this man like Reid, Barney Franks, Pelosi and Murtha to name a few....must be voted out...Adios...Hit the Road Jack...don't let the door hit you in the rear.

    December 12, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  9. all the news that's fit to omit

    Ceelie, do some research, the guy has been one of the most crooked and corrupt Senators of the last twenty years and if you are OK with sweetheart deals and WELL below market deals for his many homes, feel free to vote for him.

    That makes you a bleating bahhhhh, sheep who looks at the (D) next to someones name and not the uh, uh, uh facts.

    December 12, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  10. gyrogearloose

    cortez, you said "Dodd and his type belong out of washington".

    I disagree. There will be too many like him left behind.

    What we really need to do is move the capital to somewhere more central, thus leaving the pols behind.

    What do you think of the middle of Kansas?

    December 12, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  11. Bev

    Get used to it Joe!!!

    Dodd is one of MANY Democrats who are going to get clobbered in 2010.

    Numerous polls are showing this-it should not be a surprise to you.

    The Obama and Democrat nightmare for our economy/country ends--when the power/control is taken away through the 2010 elections!!!

    By the way........How much money are you going to use to try to save Harry Reid's seat???

    December 12, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  12. Norm

    How about an explanation cortez instead of a hit and run comment?

    December 12, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. Enough

    And he should get the hell beat out of him, he needs to go, this corrupt politician who had a role in the housing crisis and got his own special loan...........Out with these losers, we know what they did and we won't forget, we will vote them all out.

    December 12, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. Mary Jo

    Four million for a fire station? Come on, he deserves to have the hell beat out of him.

    December 12, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. Phillip Bias

    He is only getting bet up decause he earned it, As americas most famous lier and cheat he has earned the title. and is out of a job and obama cant do a thing about it. Good riddiance. Dodd being kicked out is the best thing to happen to congress since the MASTER ABORTIONIST Kennedy had his cold dead hands pryed from the throats of the millions of dead children. And just like kennedy,Dodd has a lot to pay for....AND WILL!

    December 12, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  16. NIKO THE FARMER

    . . . as if there's a good alternative.

    December 12, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. Brad

    "the single most gifted legislator in Congress, now that Teddy Kennedy's gone."

    Yeah, right. Senator Dodd is one of the central figures in the America's political and economic garbage heap; he could move to his home in Ireland and no one in 49 states would ever miss him. I don't care if he's replaced by a democrat, republican or independent; Dodd is just another example of the white haired old men who continue to tear our country apart.

    December 12, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  18. Carlos

    The scary thing is this hairplug buffoon is next in line YIKES!

    December 12, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. Paul from Phoenix

    Because he is a crook.

    December 12, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  20. Mark

    5 terms is about two terms too many. Time for a change

    December 12, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  21. JP of Arlington

    Dodd is a perfect example of everything that is wrong with politics in Washington, DC. Hope to hell he gets voted out of office. The only thing better would be seeing the "Banking Queen" (Barney Frank, D-MA) voted out.

    December 12, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  22. Laura, Boston

    Maybe CT voters are tired of their homes being in foreclosure and not having jobs while their senior senator gets sweetheart mortage deals and has a "job" despite the fact that he isn't listening to the needs of CT people.

    December 12, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  23. Kat

    I'll help him pack!!! Get out and take the rest of your buddies with you.

    December 12, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. Henry

    I like Biden's straight talk, and I like the fact that Dodd is working hard.

    December 12, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  25. Hubb

    The third of the Senate up for reelection and the entre House deserve to have the "living hell beat out of them" as well. Since when are our elected officials suposed to vote contrary to their constituents time and time again? It's time we take back Washington.

    December 12, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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