July 6th, 2010
10:26 AM ET
8 years ago

Biden predicts Dems will have good 2010

'I think we're going to do a great deal better than anyone gives us credit for,' Biden said of Democrats' chances in the 2010 elections.

'I think we're going to do a great deal better than anyone gives us credit for,' Biden said of Democrats' chances in the 2010 elections.

(CNN) - Despite rampant speculation Democrats are in for a tough 2010 election cycle, Vice President Joe Biden is dismissing notions the party will witness a "grand debacle" come November.

"Reports of our demise are premature," Biden told Politico, while making a surprise July 4 visit to Iraq.

"I think we're going to do a great deal better than anyone gives us credit for. I do not see this grand debacle. Because by the time people walk into the booth, they're going to have to choose between two people," he added.

The vice president specifically singled out the currently-close races in Kentucky and Nevada as likely Democratic victories. In both states, Tea Party-backed candidates are running neck-and-neck with the Democratic contenders.

I think we can beat Rand Paul – -absolutely," said Biden of the Republican nominee in Kentucky who beat the GOP establishment candidate in May amid heavy support from Tea Party organizations.

The vice president also said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, has a good shot at beating Sharron Angle, the onetime little-known state lawmaker who defeated several GOP opponents last month with the help of Tea Party activists.

"I give [Reid] a 55 percent chance or better," said Biden. Since their victories, both Paul and Angle have been besets by a series of embarrassing media interviews and have mostly stayed away from the national media.

In making his prediction, Biden also said Republicans have poorly articulated what they stand for, that President Obama has "kept his word getting troops home," that the economy will continue to grow, and fears among some about the effects of health care reform will not pan out.

Still, Biden conceded the continued economic conditions could hurt Democrats – who hold control in both houses of Congress as well as the White House.

"Right now, we're in our most vulnerable position," Biden conceded. "And that is that the American people, no matter what they think of the direction of the country – even if it's positive – a lot of them are left out there in a real difficult situation. We lost 8 million jobs because of this recession. And although we've created over 600,000 in the first six months of this year, we have a long way to go. And so people are dissatisfied because they're having trouble makin' it."

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  1. Jim

    I have never agreed with this Republican story line that the Democrats are in for it. What is the Republican agenda if they should get in power? Cut taxes and protect the rich? We've already tried all that. Their whole platform right now is complaining about the Democrats and big government, but they have no positive agenda.

    July 6, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. Don

    Let's hope he's right. After the Republican leadership came out in the open about ending unemployment benefits, raising the retirement age to 70 and being against any kind of wall street reform there should be a lot of momentum in the Dem's direction

    July 6, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. Blaum

    it may not be a 'grand debacle'.... but it won't be good for democrats...

    10% unemployed is all you need to know.....

    July 6, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Wall Street is spending their money on republicans and tea baggers in the hopes they will be able to avoid regulations that would help Americans. Republicans are bought and paid for by big business.

    July 6, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    Just when you think Biden couldn't possibly get any more stupid, he goes and takes it up a notch.


    July 6, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. PalmReader

    Awfully trustworthy for voters to give the GOP another try at improving the job market, don't you think? Especially considering America is still in the throes of of the GOP economic policy making decisions which nearly destroyed this country.

    The economy IS improving, no thanks to the Party of Obstruction.

    Thanks, Dems, for heading America in the right direction.

    July 6, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. Peter M

    I absolutely agree with the VP. The Repugs are pissing off all the unemployed Americans, minorities and women. Who, in their right mind would want those kooks back in control?

    July 6, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. Simon/Orlando

    He's not dealing with reality. I think when he got his hair transplant they might have poked a few of those holes a little too deep and his intelligence leaked out.

    July 6, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. Djinn

    I predict that if Americans get out and vote, the Democrats will take both houses of congress and definitively. Americans tend to vote the lesser of two evils.

    July 6, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  10. Brett

    Oh please, biden. It wont be any good this year for Dem or any old Dem.

    Look at 53 people who signed the paper on july 4, 1776. I surely wish that they still alive, and they will tell what you what is wrong with you and USA.

    People of USA, think of history of government from 1700's to 2010.

    when start make tooo many laws? Dem started it, after FDR time.

    Who started War?
    WW! – Dem
    WW2 – Dem
    koren war – Dem
    VIetman war – Dem
    Gulf war – Red
    Iraq/Afa war? – red

    I would tell you more proves what dem did to this USA and world. It destory the people's live and tried to destory the christian life.

    Who fault? it is BLUE Dem who LOVES control the world, just alike ol england.

    July 6, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. Four and The Door

    And so people are dissatisfied because they're having trouble makin' it."
    Denial. People are dissatisfied because nothing the Administration promised them on the front end of massive spending has not happened. The fact is, the Stimulus bill was a bad idea to begin with, but the Administration was too pumped up from their historic November victory to listen to the little people and the defeated Republicans.

    People are dissatisfied because people are disgusted with the way Democrats in congress abused procedure in passing Obamacare.

    It would be astonishing to see anyone in the Obama Administration take responsibility for anything.

    July 6, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. snow

    Biden has been clueless for thirty years and just gets more senile every day.

    July 6, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  13. Luke Brown

    The Tea Party/GOP offer nothing in the way of solutions to the problems that face our country.

    Obama has missed many opportunities to lead ... but he has led. These other people, spurred by propaganda machines like FAUX News, are just angry, bitter, and determined that our country should fail.

    July 6, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  14. Bob

    Yep – VP Biden always chooses his words carefully

    July 6, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  15. Mark from Louisiana

    As usual biden doesn't have a clue what he's talking about, the dems must be removed from Congress before they bankrupt our country.

    July 6, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. Susan

    Oh no!!! If Biden says we're okay, it's going to be a total disaster! This guy's never right about anything!!!

    July 6, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    I tend to agree with the VP. Sure there are areas where teabaggers rule but for the most part the electorate is much smarter than republicants think and will turn out to keep the teabaggers from winning major victories. No one thinks living in the 1850's is the answer.

    July 6, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. John from OH

    Yup. The only reason that some people think that Dems are in trouble in November is:

    (i) The traditional Media (CNN included): The amount of time and attention the traditional media (CNN included) has given to the teabaggers, a loud group of radical rightwing conservatives who were the same 25% that still approved of Bush; and

    (ii) Rasmussen polling: the fact that a hardcore rightwing republican pollster by the name of Scott Rasmussen, best friends with Roger Ailes (the guy who runs Fox News), is producing poll after poll showing that the Dems are doomed (more polls than all other pollsters COMBINED), nevermind that the only reason his polls show the Republicans are doing so well is because Rasmussen's "likely voter" screen oversamples teabaggers bigtime and significantly undersamples minorities, people under 35 (cellphone users), people who live in cities or women, i.e., the democratic base.

    July 6, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. A True Centrist

    Well...we always knew the man was delusional. The Dems are going to get crushed in Nov, just like the Republicans did when it was their turn screwing up the country a few years ago.

    "We lost 8 million jobs because of this recession. And although we've created over 600,000 in the first six months of this year, we have a long way to go." Isn't this the perfect two sentences to sum up why the American people are already sick of Democratic leadership. We've lost a net 8 million private sector jobs and created about 500,000 government jobs and he is spewing this junk like it is a positive? Time to come up with a real solution Mr Biden or like many Americans, you too will be looking for employment in a few years.

    July 6, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. wake up

    Biden–just like the "summer of recovery".
    This is the worst american administration in decades.

    Thanks for wasting 800 billion dollars and putting us 7 trillion in debt. My 3 year old will be paying for it.

    July 6, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  21. What

    I just hit a link about John McCains ad, where is it?

    July 6, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. maryann

    I agree. The republicans have nothing to offer. They got us in this mess in the first place. I hope the American people remember this when they vote in November. We gave GW 8 years to mess things us.
    Yet we expect Obama to fix it in 18 months. It's depressing that so many people are out of work, but it is not Obama's fault. Remember the Republicans filibustered last week to deny people unemployment...what jerks!

    July 6, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. Anonymous

    I couldn't agree more. there will be losses but not catastrophic ones once thought. The Republicans seemt o shoot themselves in the foot at every turn lately and i think America is remembering what it was like under their reign

    July 6, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  24. thor

    He doesn't have a very good record with predictions but does have a history of inserting his foot into his mouth.

    July 6, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  25. Scott

    I, for one, think the rampant speculation is counterproductive. Let's get things done, not bicker over party lines.

    July 6, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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