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. Walter

    The left can scream that Republicans will do nothing if they are in power. The bottom line is since the left took over Congress in 2006, it's been all downhill. Granted, Republicans may not have a magic bullet to solve the mess we've gotten into the last four years, but a change in representation gives us a chance to turn things around. It's something different to try. Otherwise, we are guaranteed another two years of high unemployment.

    July 6, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. U-R-an-idiot

    What exactly has Biden ever said recently, that ever had any truth or relevance to it?

    July 6, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. nothere

    Blaum – "it may not be a 'grand debacle'.... but it won't be good for democrats... 10% unemployed is all you need to know....."

    And which party is filibustering the extension of unemployment benefits? Sigh, the political game of whack-a-mole hasn't even started yet...

    July 6, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. Charlie in Maine

    America it's up to you. If you think the tow-truck driver isn't doing a good job, hand over the keys to the idiot that drove us into the ditch. Joe thinks y'all are smarter than that. I pray to God that he is right.

    July 6, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. Brian L

    Why anyone would vote Republican is totally beyond me....

    July 6, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. Norman Newcomer

    Does anyone actually know the facts? If you gave me almost $800 Billion dollars I guarentee you that I would have created more than 500,000 government jobs and a few private sector ones. Got any idea who will pay for the benefits and retirement of those 500,000 government employes?

    Stupid is stupid no matter which party is in control. Wake up everyone and throw the whole bunch out. Stop backing up one party or another when both are wrong and breaking this country.

    July 6, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. Baby Boomer

    The VP is cautiously optimistic and I agree with him. The Republican party has no message other than hate and distain for the President and the middle class of the United States. They need to DO something to help instead of just talking. Otherwise there's no reason to vote any Republican in and vote a Democrat out. It would make no sense...

    July 6, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. marcusb

    No worries about the new age of Republicans. They graze and turn in their own circles. As an intelligent person, and as I am constantly surrounded by other intelligent people, this ultra conservative bowel movement will never be able to not only "dumb down" my generation of 40+, they will never convince the younger generations that intolerance, hate and moral dictatorship are the way to a great future for this country. Once and for all, I can see the end to the thought processes of the ultra backward folks in this great land. See you all, soon to fall.

    July 6, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. Dave,NY

    Joe, this will give you power to bankrupt our country. Perhaps you do not know what ther annointed one wants to do to our country. 77 days passed and he cannot stop the oil spill. There are still some people who are blindly supporting Barack Obama. Some of them here on CNN try to put him on the pedestal. Rogues...

    July 6, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. tag

    you just wait until november joe biden....another graff...........i do think so. you and your liberal agenda will go down in a blaze of glory. god bless the tea party independents, the republican party, and the united states of a free america. dirty harry will be gone....and hopefully loud mouth nancy will be silenced!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 6, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. patrick

    The choices are so clear: The do nothing crowd versus the Do Something Crowd

    July 6, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. teddy

    if people with less income but work and pay taxes they would realize that with democrats the rich get richer and the poor get poorer,that is because the additional spending =higher taxes=less take home income.before you know it they also need social services to survive.so now you have rich and poor and no middle class.california, new york and new jersey are perfect examples.i pray republicans take over in november,id rather nothing be done then what is currently going on

    July 6, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. Dale

    We fell for the Liberal lies once. Not again........ See ya in Nov.

    Biden "AS USUAL" is FOS and trying to lie themselves back in. We are not stupid people. We know when we've been had.

    Even other countries know where we are heading if we don't take away liberal power in office. It's not a good place.

    July 6, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. WA resident

    Why is the Dems in constant denial as what is truly happening outside of politics and Washington - They ware gone this Nov. 2010.

    July 6, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. susie

    If Democrats win we will have more spending. Can we afford more spending?

    July 6, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. A choice come Nov.

    Tough sell Biden. Lets hope you are right on that.

    July 6, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. Pete

    Re the Stimulus – first off, both of them started before this administration – but the one that went out the door during this administration is mostly paid back already. The first one (under W) is just vapor, it's gone.

    That being said, if you don't think the stimuli worked, look around. Do you see a bread line filled with once middle class people whoa re now homeless? No? Take a look at the economic lead up to the Great Depression and then take a look at 2008. It worked. I'll take a slow recovery over a decade long deep depression any day.

    Also, both stimuli were overwhelmingly bipartisan. So using them as some kind of dividing line is a joke. If you don't like them, fine. Vote independent. Just don't say they belonged to one party or the other, and don't say they didn't work, because every economist out there will tell you pretty unequivocably – they did work.

    July 6, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    That's great. He is also the guy who is telling us that this is the summer of recovery and calling people who want low taxes names.

    July 6, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. Layla

    For those who think the GOP are the party of large corporate and big oil donations, I would advise you all to do a little internet research.

    If you do, you will see that Mr. Obama is the recipient of over $900,000 from big oil, the largest amount of contributions ever.

    The same is pretty true of all the other big corporate interests; they are not supporting the GOP.

    Go ahead, read...do the research. Then at least you will know the facts, regardless of who you decide to vote for.

    July 6, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. Rickster

    lol....nice try, Joe. Even the most dense people of our society are realizing what a total failure the democrat agenda is now that it has been exposed and put into action by Obama and the dems. It's actually stunning that Obama has any support left whatsoever considering that he has failed at everything he has done.

    July 6, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. ST

    I agree with the Vice President. Things are not going to be bad for Dems. We keep hearing that normally the party in power lose seats. That was then. People are now well informed than ever. They get news from every corner and every day. They can differentiate who will work for them and who wants to grab the power for their own benefits!

    July 6, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  22. duke

    the repos are in for big suprise in nov. dems please do not ask that mike steele second in command at repo party quit. he is the gift that just keeps giving. i refer to steele as second in comm the head of the repo party is russell limbaugh.yes russell. he says on his show daily this is a show for rich white repos.thank god for obama and joe biden we could have john and sorri palen.

    July 6, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. C Patel

    The party in control always loses seats in the next election. Not a big deal people. The repubs will not pick up the seats they think they are going to. What single thing have they done since Obama took office other than folding their arms and saying no?

    July 6, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  24. marcusb

    I think that the rich, white Republicans have done an outstanding job in recruiting so many poor, white trash Republican Zombie followers to be their mouth pieces in decrying the Democrats. Why in the hell are so many poor white folks so enamored with a political party and platform that protect and elevate everyone but the poor people? This has to be the best propaganda campaign in the history of the world.

    July 6, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  25. Rob

    He is right.... the Repubs have turned (even more so than before, and I never thought that possible!) into the Looney Tunes Party. Th, th, th, that's all Folks!

    July 6, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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