August 20th, 2010
02:05 PM ET
4 years ago

Biden: Democrats will keep the House and Senate

Paraphrasing Mark Twain, the vice president said that reports of the death of the Democratic Party have been greatly exaggerated.
Paraphrasing Mark Twain, the vice president said that reports of the death of the Democratic Party have been greatly exaggerated.

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden had a strong message for fellow Democrats on Friday: After Election Day, expect to keep a majority in Congress.

"I'm here to tell you that on November 3, the day after this coming election, there will be in Washington, D.C., a Democratic majority in the House and a Democratic majority in the Senate," Biden said at the Democratic National Committee's summer meeting in St. Louis, Missouri. He joked, "and were it not illegal, I may book on it!"

Paraphrasing Mark Twain, the vice president said that reports of the death of the Democratic Party have been greatly exaggerated.

Polls have shown that congressional Democrats are facing an uphill challenge this year. Biden said that a large part of that has to do with Americans blaming their problems on the people at the top.

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  1. Sniffit

    haha...we've got every single GOP/Teatard/conservative politician in the country babbling about the bloodletting the Dems will receive in November and, for the most part, we just roll our eyes and tolerate it...but one Dem says something indicating confidence for November (as opposed to the usual spineless milktoast equivocating the Dems are famous for on such issues) and the GOPers go rabid. Hilarious.

    August 20, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. Alfred

    I don't like this administration but...Joe Biden is absolutely correct! The Democrats certainly will still control both houses on November 4th. It's not until January 20th, when the new lawmakers are sworn in, where Republicans will have control!

    August 20, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. Padraig

    That is why his nickname is "Crazy Joe"

    August 20, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    Let's hope the democrats keep control. There's no way this country will survive another takeover by the Rethuglicans and their Constitution-destroying agenda.

    August 20, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. Just Say No to Socialism

    I am sure the Democrats feel real confident with your predictions. Kind of like we have to pass the stimulus so that unemployment will stay below 8%. Just go spend another trillion Joe, or better yet, go on vacation like Obama, at least you cant do as much damage to the country then.

    August 20, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Talk about out of touch with reality. Biden has always been an idiot, now he's an idiot who is drinking the cool aid. Suggest he talk to the people who are forced to withdraw from their retirement savings. The Democrats are going to be devestated in November. Their arrogance goes beyond any in recent years.

    August 20, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. Dano

    So you're saying American voters are stupid enough to put the same clowns back in power who created this whole mess in the first place?

    August 20, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. Greg Pottstown PA

    So when republicans are at the to anything that happens is the fault of the republicans. When the democrats are at the top the people are responsible for the problems of this country.

    August 20, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. Dano

    In case it wasn't clear I was referring to the GOP!

    August 20, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. USA

    And in addition to that guarantee the Cubs and Orioles will play for the world series this year. What a joke!!!!!

    August 20, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Val in MA

    Yeah, Joe Biden is great at predictions! Just like he predicted that back in April of 2010 "Well, I'm here to tell you, some time in the next couple of months, we're going to be creating between 250,000 jobs a month and 500,000 jobs a month." Joe, where are those job?

    August 20, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. Tom in Delaware

    Ha...he's been dead-on accurate about everything else....I'll bet all the Democrats are reassured now.

    August 20, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. quinn

    Yes, Demos should keep the House and Senate because Republicans have decided to back crazed right-wing extremists like Angle in Nevada who said people should become violent if she loses the election.

    August 20, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  14. REG in AZ

    A con artist victimizes people by appealing to their greed and self-interests and then in giving them nothing, in fact in taking from them. Isn’t that just what the Republican Party tries to do? They say, without ever saying how and rather only faulting the Democrats, that they will solve everything without the costs. Common sense says they can’t and their history says they won’t. Bush-Cheney proved beyond any shadow of doubt that their focus was totally on catering to Special Interests and the influential, powerful and extremely wealthy few who strongly support them. Since then the Republican Party has clearly demonstrated they put their political ambitions above all else and at all costs as they withhold bipartisan cooperation and only obstruct and criticize all efforts. They even coerce and intimidate their own to insure unity and simply offer the people nothing real. When they were in power only the very wealthy gained, the middle class, all of the middle class, lost ground and they made it clear they don’t even consider the poor. Like the con artists, they appeal to people’s concerns and then victimize them, offering only empty rhetoric to rationalize and further manipulate.

    It is obvious that we could really use both parties being honest, responsible and conscientious but that won’t happen if we don’t firmly reject what the Republican Party has become – ‘puppets’ for Special Interests and the select few who overtly and covertly strongly support them. The Tea Party movement has the right idea for action but when they seek to replace one set with another having the same loyalty, it becomes just a sham. Should many Independent and middle-class voters become swayed and manipulated by the con, then we would be returned to more of the same that brought us all of the problems. The select few would then be very happy but everyone else would again loose. It isn’t about Obama and the Democrats being perfect, they are not; it is about the Republicans putting their political ambitions above all else, taking the people for granted and doing nothing for the average American.

    August 20, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    Biden is goofy, but I tend to agree with him on this. The average voter is pissed at the whole system, but in the end the voter has not forgotten the terrible mess Republicans helped big-time to push the nation into such a hole. More than that, the Repubs have painted themselves into a Tea Party corner, where wacky screaming and protesting and fear-mongering and filibustering rule the day, with not an ounce of serious policy proposals behind them. That's a pretty weak case to make for GIVE US THE POWER BACK, and voters will respond accordingly. The Democratic losses will not be that bad.

    August 20, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. Big George in Big D

    Don't think so babbling, bumbling Joe! Wouldn't matter – you haven't done anything with it. The congress and been democratic for how long now????? Nothing done yet???

    August 20, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  17. Future expat

    I sure hope so. The only thing the GOP has offered since Jan 20, 2009 has been islamophobia, homophobia, negrophobia, and xenophobia. As far as governance, all they have done is vote NO on everything. They have provided ZERO CREDIBLE POLICY PROPOSALS.

    Putting these people back at the wheel would be a grave mistake.

    August 20, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. Squigman

    Remembering the years from 2001 to 2009, I certainly hope so. If the public has memory lapse, maybe the republicans have a chance, but there are many who remember, and I hope they get out and vote.

    August 20, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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