July 19th, 2010
12:48 PM ET
12 years ago

Biden back on trail after upbeat election prediction

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/19/art.biden.0714u.gi.jpg caption ="Vice President Joe Biden is hitting the campaign trail on Monday."] Washington (CNN) - One day after delivering an upbeat view of his party's chances this November, Vice President Joe Biden is back on the campaign trail Monday, helping two fellow Democrats facing tough contests the midterm elections.

Monday afternoon, Biden attends a political event in Philadelphia for Bryan Lentz, the Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania's seventh congressional district, in the southeast part of the state. Lentz, a representative in the Pennsylvania State House and a former U.S. Army officer who served in Iraq, is facing off against former U.S Attorney and former Delaware County District Attorney Pat Meehan. The candidates are vying to succeed Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak, who is the state's Democratic nominee for the Senate. Sestak, a former Navy admiral, defeated incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter in a May 18 primary.

Both Charlie Cook and Stuart Rothenberg, two highly respected non-partisan political handicappers, rate the race between Lentz and Meehan as a pure toss up, offering the Republicans a chance to make a crucial pick-up in their hopes of reclaiming control of the House of Representatives. The GOP needs to win back 39 Democratic-held seats to regain the majority in the chamber.

Later Monday, Biden attends a campaign event in Baltimore for Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is facing a rematch against former Gov. Robert Ehrlich. O'Malley defeated the Republican incumbent in 2006 when Ehrlich was bidding for a second term in office. Rothenberg rates the race as "toss-up/tilt Democrat" and Cook categorizes it as "lean Democrat."

The Democrats are trying this year to hold onto their majorities in the House and Senate and their advantage in governorships, amid a rough political climate that is working against incumbents.

"I don't think the losses are going to be bad at all. I think we're going to shock the heck out of everybody," Biden said Sunday on ABC's "This Week."

"We're going to be in great shape," added Biden.

Biden has become the go-to guy for the Obama administration to help out Democratic candidates in this year's midterm elections.

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Filed under: 2010 • Joe Biden • Maryland • Pennsylvania
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. thor

    I think it's great to have Joe out on the campaign trail.You never no what Joe"foot in mouth" might say next.Otherwise,it would be downright boring with nothing more than recycled campaign spin!!!

    July 19, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. one voice

    If all voters were playing with a full deck, the Democrats would continue to hold majorities in all phases of Government.

    July 19, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. Get A Grip

    So, old Joe Biden is about to hit the campaign trail, again. Shortly his side kick Obama will follow.

    Obama and Biden = a waste of taxpayers hard earned money.

    July 19, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. Fair is Fair

    Hey Biden...

    Try to remember – Pennsylvania is one of the United States. Transylvania is where Count Dracula is from.

    You're welcome... buffoon.

    July 19, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. United States

    Who is Joe Biden?

    July 19, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. fernandez, Chicago

    Looks the the President and VP are always campaigning. This must be a record

    July 19, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. Gil

    If we want to return to deregulation of Big Oil, Big Business and Wall Street then you right wing nut cases know how to vote. I'll take the slow movement away from the last 8 years of economic ruin of America. Maybe the repuglicans can get us to ruin after November if you vote for any of the conservative extremists vote No memebers!

    July 19, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. Orlando Patriot

    If I was a Democrat I would be scared to death by this prediction. Joe Biden has NEVER predicted ANYTHING correctly in his whole political career. He said the surge in IRAQ would fail (it was an overwhelming success), He said if stimulus was passed unemployment would not go above 8% (it is now almost 10%), and so on.

    Go ahead Joe, keep predicting the Democrats will have a successful November election and that virtually GUARANTEES the Democrats are going to get spanked out of office.


    July 19, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. Willy Brown

    Biden like his president run is just wrong.

    July 19, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. Justen in Florida

    Biden is the biggest joke of a VP ever.

    July 19, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Naqib

    Glad to see in these tough times that our gov is hard at work...


    Change you can believe in... "YES WE CAN" has become "OOPS WE DID"

    July 19, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. Matt

    Great, Obama and Biden (dumb and dumbest) are back on the campaign trail... instead of leading the country. Glad we have these bozos in office.

    July 19, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. Tim

    This guy is as fake as his hair, teeth, and tan. What an embarrasing joke of a man.

    July 19, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |