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

Biden: Democrats will keep the House and Senate

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Myron

    He's right. They'll hold the Senate comfortably but have a much narrower majority in the house, losing 20 to 25 seats. The GOP has not raised enough money and cultivated enough viable candidates to be competitive in enough races. It's not easy overcoming such a big deficit. Even Boehner is hedging his bet.

    August 20, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. Bill

    IS this another open mike thing?

    August 20, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. phoenix86

    Thank god it is the Republican Tea Party. No matter what you want to believe, the majority of Americans support the Tea Party ideals. Democrats are so out of touch with America they are practically foreigners.

    August 20, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    The Dems will lose seats in both Houses but will retain control of both as well.

    August 20, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. Marcus

    Although I do wish that it happens, my comment is the same that I would have done if it was (say...) McCain predicting a big win for the GOP in November 4th: 'Unless something UNEXPECTED and really REALLY bad for the country, or really REALLY good, happens before the election day, we will only know its results AFTER that day, and not before.'

    August 20, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. steve kevlin

    sure they will joe..... sure..

    so we all need to vote for any 3rd party person. just to shake things up.. not a teaparty but a true 3rd party.. person

    vote indy .

    August 20, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Is this the same hair plugged idiot who dubbed this as the "summer of recovery?" Do I need to list more of his lies or will this one do?

    August 20, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Too bad your Press Secretary doesn't exhume that type of confidence and is already starting to capitulate.

    August 20, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  9. JP

    And what do we call the new Democratic Party? The Democratic Socialist party?

    August 20, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. Mr. Sarcastic

    So Biden believes that everyone is blaming the person at the top for the current problems of the nation but isn't that all Obama did during his campaign AND still today, blame Bush? If it was Bush's problem before, it's his problem now. The president inherits the problems of the country. It may not be fair but that is the way it is. We need someone that finds answers not finds a scape goat.

    August 20, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. Augsbee

    I think Biden is correct, Biden knows that a very large number of Americans want bigger government, lots of spending because then they don't have to work or worry about paying bills, medical problems because the government will handle it all for them and that is what will keep Democrats as the majority in Congress and in the Senate.
    I think Biden has figured out that especially this new generation is not at all interested in working but are more interested in hanging around and wasting time, they would rather be text messaging at work then getting their job done, it doesn't bother them to get fired either, so those are also guaranteed votes. I think Biden is right.

    August 20, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. lost in Texas FOREVER

    well that's the KISS OF DEATH right there!

    August 20, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. Facts are not fair to the GOP

    People who watch the Fox republican made up news need to be shown the advantages to health reform and wall street reform. While it will not be easy to convince the frightened baggers that believe the Fox republican crap, there has to be a way to overcome the Fox lies that are always presented with no fact checking.

    August 20, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The Tea Party footprint is all over the Republicans and they can run as Republicans but they can't run from the Tea Party, their embedded.

    August 20, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  15. normajean

    We'll try , by God, we'll try. If there's any justice in the world, we'll succeed, or it won't be because we didn't work hard at it. There are nay sayers, but our president has done quite a bit to bring our country back in the last two years and he's done it with NO HELP and only opposition from the other side. NO HELP. What ever happened to the two party system? i guess the other side was "Tea partying".


    August 20, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. barry

    CNN please stop covering Joe Biden. It hurts our Democrat party. After declaring this the "Summer of Recovery" from the wasteful stimulus he has lost all credibility. He and everyone else in the Presidents administration who came up with that false statement should be replaced. Get rid of the guy and take some of the heat off. Biden really does make McCain look like a genius.

    August 20, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  17. Pkm

    Go get them joe if the gop wins in november god help us all

    August 20, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. Get A Grip

    Yeah, right "Average Joe"..... and keep dreaming

    August 20, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. Jeff, Washington, DC

    What a silly comment. Regardless of whether Democrats or Republicans win a sufficient number of elections to change control of the House and/or Senate in the 112th Congress, the Democrats will control the House and Senate on "the day after this coming election." The 112th Congress won't be in session until 2011.

    August 20, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. In the West

    "Democrats will keep the House and Senate"

    Of course they will. The question is how much will they get done to move the country forward?

    August 20, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. Facts are not fair to the GOP

    I agree with joltin' Joe. Even though Fox viewers are dumb as rocks(Dar), the majority of Americans have an IQ 100 or higher, and are becoming aware of the toxic conservative manure (TCM) of the GObP.

    August 20, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. geecee

    I completely agree with V.P. Biden. If people give it any thought whatsoever before they vote, they will realize that the problems we are experiencing today are not the fault of the Democrats in Congress but the fault of the previous administration and the current Party of "NO" that simply refuses to cooperate with anything President Obama proposes to get this Country moving again towards a robust economy. Getting rid of incumbents if they are actually doing a good job is a very stupid idea – but then again, 25% of the American people are very stupid, so nothing would surprise me. Hopefully, these 25% don't vote!!

    August 20, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. panterazero

    I'm hoping Biden is right, but I'm still worried. We just got a good signpost to the midterms in the shape of Tuesday's special election for Senate District 15 in California. One part of the district is reliably Democratic, the other heavily Republican. Both sides worked their butts off, and the Republican - with massive backing from a couple of oil companies who want support for coastal drilling - ended up winning by about 7500 votes out of over 150,000. If the Democrats lose in November, they'll lose by a whisker, but that's still a loss.

    August 20, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. Robertson

    After which amnesty for invaders, a/k/a millions of new Democrat voters, will become a reality.

    However transparently false the GOP "opposition" is, the above prospect is worse. Let's hope JB's overexposed pearly whites are nowhere to be seen Nov. 3.

    August 20, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. Jane E. Dickerson

    The Government Is Not Stimulating–But Stagnating the Economy.
    by Jane E. Dickerson

    Let’s be clear about something. Money in America was not sucked off the map by alien forces, it just stopped flowing. Flow is necessary for a healthy economy, but the stimulus packages (along with tax increases) are creating a climate of stagnation that prohibits the flow of money. 
 Stagnation of money is the problem. When money goes directly from the government to a business without flowing through customers, we break flow. When money goes directly to individuals without flowing through businesses, we get a stagnating economy. This report will address the latter.
    Of course, I understand that only those who are proud to be (or have been) hard-working Americans will get what I’m about to say. Hard-working Americans want jobs. Obvious? Evidently, not so much. Congress doesn’t get it. But then, it is all too likely, they will never understand. How can they? For winning a political popularity contest we give them fame, fortune, and power–then release them from the programs they create for the rest of us. They have no idea how to run a country; or, in many cases–like the President himself–they have never even run a small business; and, in fact, never even a small town. Their weak attempt to help the unemployed is to give benefits of approximately $300(avg.) per week. They think that will help the economy. It isn’t. It hasn’t. In the big picture, it never will–because there’s no FLOW!
    It’s simple: When individuals need money–give them jobs. But, you say, there are no jobs and Congress can’t create them. Oh, really? Read on! There would be new jobs, if we let the money directed to the individual flow through a company–where there is mutual agreement to use a WAGE VOUCHER. In fact, it could be a job that the individual negotiates with his dream employer because he has a WAGE VOUCHER in the amount of his unemployment check that would be turned into a Pay-for-Services check. That same $300 would flow from the company to the individual and help them both at the same time. I understand, a $300 unemployment check is not equivalent to 40 hours a week, but 1-2 days a week could make a difference to the individual and to a small business. The hours would be determined by the typical wage for that particular job /or the last hourly rate for that individual–whatever is greatest. The opportunity could be exciting for both employers and employees! It would help the whole economy. There would be flow of money again, from employers to employees.
    How do I know this can help? I’ve been unemployed before and lived on just $250 a week–on a good week. But, because that $250 came from an actual job (substitue teaching, in my case) it carried with it much more than just dollars. The difference it made in my life was not due to the money, but due to the fact that the job presented me with contacts, opened up new opportunities, and stimulated my creative spirit for new projects of my own.
    Because I was in the workplace and not outside it: I saw junior high kids still struggling with basic math facts, so I developed a supplemental math course called “Hands of Champions.”
    I saw the need for children’s books that teach values and morals. Now, 6 illustrated books for children are offered on my website with 7 more written and in the illustration process.
    When others recognized my ability to work with special education students, they encouraged me to apply for a full-time position–something I had never even thought of. It turns out, the fact that I did not have a special education degree was not a factor. Other qualifications were deemed, at that time, to be more important. That $250 I received, for substituting, was not enough to let me live well; but it was sufficient to give me a better future, because it came from a job and not from a government agency.
    A $300 WAGE VOUCHER would have provided me another opportunity. I love innovative, creative people and was excited to meet an inventor who ran a small company. I asked him if I might work for him. He took me on a tour of his plant, so that I might understand the “no hiring” policy he had instituted. He pointed out all the people (who represented families) that depended on him. He explained how taxes and increasing insurance premiums were stifling his and other small businesses. If I could have given him a WAGE VOUCHER, perhaps I could have helped his bottom line.
    WAGE VOUCHERS will give such hope to unemployed workers who could approach companies with more than skills, knowledge, and abilities. An individual could bring the added asset of the VOUCHER that would pay his way for at least a few hours each week. WAGE VOUCHERS would give hope to struggling business owners, as well. Again, I know from experience. I once had my own small company producing videos and infomericals. (Technology was changing so fast, I couldn’t keep up. That’s when I ended up substitute teaching.) If someone would have approached me with a $300 WAGE VOUCHER, I would have thought of a million tasks they might do for me–from simple office tasks to marketing. If I could have 5 people interested in working for me with five $300 WAGE’ll get my entrepreneurial spirit into overdrive thinking of how those hours could be put to use. And, understand, I’m now a 65 year old grandma. Think how it could affect those young small business operators that provide over 3 million new jobs to the economy each year.
    But, alas, Congress uses tax-payer money to help the companies “too big too fail”. They trade deals among themselves and help those people who helped them get where they are–hoping they’ll get to stay. And what do tax-payers get? More disrespect: with more of their money wasted, more taxes, and more fleecing of America.
    I hope the grass roots people of America will get behind a program of WAGE VOUCHERS so that the American Can-Do Spirit and American innovation can thrive in an economy that FLOWS.

    August 20, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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