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

Biden predicts Dems will have good 2010

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(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. Duke

    The Dems began switching their interest in the American people when they bega loosing the Union Zombie vote in the 1980s then they made a push to help the poor and Illegal Immegrants to get their vote, the DEMORATS are pushing the USA to Socialism- look at how much Free they want to give to the POOR & we BETTER wake up because a working population can only support 20% of the population that DOES NOT WORK & PAY Taxes that is a FACT & sharing the wealth is NO Smart answer- that is just DUMB. At least the Rep, want busines to hire and give jobs NOT a welfare check- REMEMBER MOST dems are or have been LAWYERS (liers)

    July 6, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. Fed Up!

    With a little more help from Michael Steele, Ron Paul, BP, and a few others, Biden just may be on to something.

    July 6, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. Kristof

    Biden always says a lot of stupid things.. blah blah blah the surge didn't work blah blah summer recovery blah blah we won't see 10% unemployment.

    Our country has been going down the tubes for a long time and I'm just shocked that very few to none mature, small business-owning or fair-minded prominent working Americans with families that actually have a love for our country and constitution don't run for office and throw all of these disgusting thugs out.

    Biden should just follow through on what vice presidents really do in office.. and just. do. nothing. And be quiet while he's at it.

    July 6, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. Enough

    As usual this clown is out of touch with reality........Democrats will be booted out of power, their destruction needs to stop.

    July 6, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  5. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    The time to clean up both The House and 1/3 the Senate is upon us. Don't vote for the party! It is time the people sent a message to Washington DC we reject politics as usual.

    Fire All incumbents!

    Vote Congress out, “you are fired” if they are in. Vote them out this fall no matter what party they belong to, and in the next election and every election going forward until they become the servants of the people once more.

    This November tell Congress "You Are Fired!"

    July 6, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. Maine liberal

    the status quo will be maintained on both sides.

    if any change will occur it will be in the primaries, a republican replaced by another republican; democrat by another democrat.

    most polls indicate that there is distisfaction with congress and with incumbents, but its with the other guys representation. whereas most people support their own representation. They want the other guy out not their own.

    July 6, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. independent

    This man hasn't been around in politics so long by not being able to read the tea leaves. He is absolutely correct.

    Ok, the public is angry at the incumbants, and the Dems are more incumbant than the Pubs. Then the public goes into the poll booth and has to decide between two people; one of whom wants to do away with social security and one who doesn't, or one who believes it is legal to have on the job and housing discrimination, and one who doesn't.

    How about having to choose between the Party of No, which thinks we are being too hard on BP and that our current economic problems are ant-like in scope and importance, or believes that the government should do more in the Gulf while at the same time getting smaller, collecting fewer taxes and reduces regulations that weren't tough enough to begin with; versus a Party which is trying to find solutions, though you might not agree with all of them.

    Talk about politics being local. It is all about having to make a choice. VP Biden has in square on the head.

    July 6, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. John Q.

    I almost don't care what party people vote for, just as long as they vote for new faces. The current status quo isn't cutting it folks.

    July 6, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. Laura, Massachusetts

    Is he on new medication?

    July 6, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. joe dokes

    The GOP can puff itself up all it wants but time and demographic changes WILL shrink it to a regional party. As older white people die, there's not nearly enough younger whites with the same views to replace them. GOP insiders know this but don't want to panic the base. They will go the way of the Dixiecrats and the Whigs. It's a simple matter of statistics.

    July 6, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |

    The Housing crisis was created by us, not just the Repubs or Dems. 20 years ago you needed to have 20% down payment to buy a house. The housing bubble burst because people bought houses without money down or without a job. When they couldn't afford the house, they just walked awaay and left everyone else with the bill. That is the reality. It was started with good intentions however, we are all stuck with the problems it created. The problems were not created by Bush or Obama. Educate yourself. This sole issue drove us into the ditch. Two congressman were key to this debacle. Rep Barney Frank and Sen Chris Dodd.

    July 6, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. guest

    good luck with all that Biden.

    July 6, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. AK Steve

    We were headed into an abyss. Thanks to the dems, GM is still around, the recessions was not a depression, we only have 9% unemployment (many were predicting 15%), we have and energy policy, we have financial reform and we have health care.

    The GOP created unjust war, spent more than any Dem EVER and did nothing for healthcare or the environment.

    Time to take some credit. The Dems saved our butts!

    July 6, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  14. Tom C in NY

    The Republicans seem to think that people have short memories and will simply blame Obama and the Democrats, and that we will forget how they opposed health care reform, opposed regulating the Wall Street banks, opposed extending unemployment insurance and tried to blame the victims of a horrendously bad job market on their own personal shortcomings. The GOP has offered nothing, other than irrational anger and non stop opposition to getting anything done. And for this, they expect to be rewarded in the Fall? Please!

    July 6, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. glib lib

    Biden's right. We'll have to chose between two people. The people who got us into this mess and the people who can't seem to fix it.

    July 6, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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