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. Rick

    wanna bet, only if you Dems continue to cheat or you call some great catastrophy and the wanna be hitler obama cancels the elections because you Dems have caused a rebellion and you will loose and loose big.

    July 6, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. Ben in Texas

    If you go over the political predictions of so-called experts over a number of years, you always find that they're about 50% correct. You might as well flip a coin as ask a political expert. Unknown factors and misreading of history always come into play.

    It is extremely easy to predict a Democratic debacle in a midterm election where Dems have been in power for 2 years. However, this midterm is only 2 years on from an 8 year Repugnant reign of terror, as regards fiscal responsibility, war, torture, and denial of civil rights. Those 8 years will make it very hard for independents to forgive the criminals of those years, none of whom has spent even a day in prison for those crimes.

    Add to that the radicalization of the Repugnant Party, and it could just as easily be a banner year for the Democrats this time around.

    July 6, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. GI Joe

    Just listen to the news - big business, big oil, wall street - all contributing heavily to republicans because they want to protect them instead of protecting little people FROM the big business, big oil, and wall street.

    Wall street alone should be enough to make people mad – our taxes pay for their mistakes, yet they keep all their profits for multi-million dollar bonuses to hucksters that rip off the public.

    Vote NO to the party of NO. Mcturtleface of KY doesn't represent me, but he dictates how every republican in the country votes.

    July 6, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. all of america

    That's right , THe dems are the "grand debacle",

    July 6, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  5. Wisconsinite - the GObP Loves Big Oil, But Hates Suffering Americans

    I agree with the VP. I think Republicans, and most especially, TP Republicans, are going to be in for a rude awakening in November. The American people are not as dumb as the GObP wants to believe we are!

    July 6, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. ran

    Yes there are going to be a lot of very unhappy fear/hate/obstructionist/purity Republicans after the Democrats and Independents win not lose in 2010.

    Oh happy days.

    July 6, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. Sniffit

    "In making his prediction, Biden also said Republicans have poorly articulated what they stand for"

    I disagree. Actions speak louder than words. Their actions clearly define them as power-hungry, self-centered, corporatist, demagogue, racially-motivated, misinformation-campaigning nihilists. They stand for nothing and have no ideas and nothing to offer but further division of the country for attempted political gain.

    July 6, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. Larry

    I agree with him.

    July 6, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  9. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Okay, Joe, sure...

    Did you remember to take your meds this morning...?

    July 6, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. Tall Ed

    The Tea-Party candidates are too far right for most of America. I see them losing the General Elections against moderates in the General Election. Angle, Rand and Rubio will all lose against more moderate opponents.

    July 6, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. karek40

    If McCain continues to be the focus of the Republican party, Biden will prove to be rightl.

    July 6, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. phoenix86

    "NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a recent interview that his "foremost" mission as the head of America's space exploration agency is to improve relations with the Muslim world" – From Drudge.

    This is the democrats focus. Only if CNN and the mainstream media continue to act as campaign advisors to the Obama administration will the dems have a good November.

    July 6, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. Harrison

    Democrats are not the only people in trouble in the elections. Republicans need to watch it as well. Just because person's aren't happy with the Democrats, it doesn't mean they are any less happy about the republicans. Republican's hold some of the blame for the slow responses in the house. The republican party often says how President Obama doesn't listen, yet the Republican party is the one's who aren't listening. They are as a stone refusing to bend. That rigidity is creating havoc and why many people aren't happy with the Republican party. Both parties need to stop worrying about who is going to be elected and get some more work done. When the work is getting done, then the American people will be happy.

    July 6, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. Michael in Houston

    the loud incessant droning from the right comes from those few with microphones that love to "create" illusions as well know founded on hate, intolerance and criticism. This does not translate into huge looses at the polls in Novemeber, nor does it mean that Sarah Palin is actually a viable candidate in a general election. It simply means that Rush, Hannity, and Beck collects their gazillions each year doing nothing more then instigating hate and doing their part to separate the Nation.
    I am not saying I am 100% pleased with the Obama administration but I do think they are people of heart and substance and deserve continued support through the next few years.

    July 6, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. JFK

    We certainly dont need to return power to the GOP ever! Not after the last administration or the Congress that helped him before 2008. Besides, the GOP never has any new ideas other than tax cuts for the wealthy. And we saw where that got us the last time. They are not the party of fiscal responsibility or morality either. So what do they stand for other than NO?

    July 6, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. JJ

    I agree with Biden. The dems will have some losses, but they won't lose the house or the senate.

    I think this whole election debacle the media is decrying is just like the whole tea bagger "movement" – it's blown way out of actual proportion. the baggers represent a small percentage of the population, yet they're commanding overzealous amounts of media coverage. They're republicans, not a movement. And their numbers are dwindling.

    I want results – so far the republican have nothing to show. Their party trashed the economy and are doing nothing constructive to resolve the situation. They are denying unemployment benefits, apologizing to bp and doing the bidding of wall street. No thanks.

    July 6, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  17. geecee

    Just wondering why V.P. Biden isn't a hateful rabid attack dog like Sarah Palin and that Dick, Cheney are. I mean, we Dems. do have a lot to attack the Repugnantcants about, but instead we try to think positive and be as optimistic as possible with all the negatives that are going on around us on a daily basis because of two wars (Republicans fault), failed economy and jobs, (Republicans fault), Gulf Oil Spill (Republicans "Big Oil Gets Anything It Wants Without Regulations") fault. Yet, Palin, Bachmann, the two Cheneys, Rove, Limpbag, McCain, etc. are such antagonistic, mean-spirited whiners? What's wrong with them?

    July 6, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. Mike Alcorn

    Don't forget it was this administration and this congress that is spending wrecklessly, forcing healthcare reform (including forcing people to pay for abortions with their own tax money) and lying to you. Now we know that people like Michael in Huston is buying into their crap but not all of America is stupid Mr Joe Biden.

    July 6, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  19. BigGrant

    Just another example of Joe Biden and Foot in Mouth Disease.

    July 6, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  20. Back to personal responsibility . . .

    . . . THAT is the ONLY thing that will save our country. And THAT means getting rid of every single bleeding-heart liberal in office - they're nothing more than the last remnants of the gimme, gimme crybabies of the 60s.

    July 6, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. MarkD

    The Democrats have had majorities in Congress since the last mid-term election. It's funny to watch them try to dodge responsibility for this economy and bash Wall Street (which gave money to Dems) and BP (which also gave lot to Obama.) Does anybody think Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac had nothing to do with our housing bubble? The crooks in Congress, pardon the redundancy, have made this mess. They are not the solution.

    The mood is anti-incumbent, not pro-Republican. All incumbents out, never to return, would win in a landslide.

    July 6, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. marcusb

    The Republicans, as they should have, turned on their beloved George Bush after voting for him twice! LOL. When THEY didn't like HIM anymore, they said he wasn't a REAL Republican. Why? Because they knew that he created more damage and ruin for this country than any president before. Mr. Bush had the reigns on this country for 8 incredibly long, disastrous years that incurred more financial cost ever in our history. A trillion dollars on a now failed 2 wars. Bush was the president during the bank bailouts, yes, the commander in chief that presided over that debacle. The Republicans were in charge for our great recession which included the collapse of Wall Street and the World Economy. And what did the Republicans offer us after all of this, aside from their incessant complaining and blaming? McCain and Palin!

    July 6, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. Michaele

    Because the Republicans have divided it's own party and tea party activists are associated with "birthers" and other fringe elements, Democrats will win in competitive races. I can not imaging why unemployed voters, Hispanics, small business owners would want to see the Republicans give more power to corporations and Wall Street.

    Joe Biden is right. With Michaele Steele in the lead, Republicans will fair poorly in mid-term elections.

    July 6, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  24. NJ Pilot

    I agree with Joe. 100%
    When you look at the no-nothing alternative, it's an easy choice.

    July 6, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. TangledThorns

    People actually think Biden is smarter than Palin after this stupid prediction? No wonder Obama is tanking in the polls as his whole administration is out of touch.

    July 6, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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