September 28th, 2010
12:21 AM ET
13 years ago

Biden tells Democrats to 'stop whining'

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden has a message for Democrats this November: "stop whining."

At a fundraiser Monday in New Hampshire for three Congressional candidates, Biden said he thinks Democrats will retain control of both houses of Congress in November, but only if they are able to highlight their differences with Republicans.

Democrats should "remind our base constituency to stop whining and get out there and look at the alternatives," Biden said, echoing the Democratic message this fall.

Voters have a right to be angry, he said, but the choice between parties is clear.

Part of that choice, he said, means voting against Republicans and the agenda of former President George W. Bush.

"Worst of all was the policies they had in place that decimated the middle class. That's the real catastrophe," Biden said.

Adam Green, the co-founder of the Progressive Change Committee hit back at Biden's comments Monday.

"[We are] picking up the ball that this White House dropped when they refused to fight for the overwhelming popular public option, refused to break up the big banks, and demobilized Obama voters who expected this President to at least fight for big change," Green said in a statement.

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soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. malabar

    Asking dems to stop whining is like asking olbermann to put down that burger. aint happening

    September 28, 2010 05:07 am at 5:07 am |
  2. Moderate Woman

    I agree with Biden – given the alternative. If you want CHANGE then you need to keep moving forward and force the Democrats and some Republicans to the center. Going backwards with old policies that resulted in the economic meltdown of 2008 is not the solution.

    September 28, 2010 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  3. Anonymous

    The man knows how to tell it like it is.
    Democrats and Independents need to remember the past and think about who and what they based their vote on in 2008.
    Obama is stillthe same guy. Bringing in Republicans for the next two years can only make things worse. they will not have a over-ride majority evenif they tke back the House and the Senate.
    Finish what we started!

    September 28, 2010 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  4. Vote Democrat or Bend over!

    Progressive I want to have a word with you. I know how you feel, because I have felt the same way. But, let me tell you want I found out. VP Biden didn't get everything he wanted. He wanted to be President. But that didn't stop him from try to help his fellow Americans. So, we did'nt get everthing. But we got a start. It took years before the civil rights to take full effect, and the same with Social Security and Medicare. Because our cause is not a victory, its a journey to help those who have yet to be born. So, I'm callin on you if you feel and felt and now found why we must vote! Vote in masses. Get everyone to and fro to vote. Get all your family and friends to get register and vote early ballot. let's win before Nov 2. Good luck and God Bless you!

    September 28, 2010 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  5. Joe

    Look at the alternative? Sounds like a game of good cop , bad cop and the joke is on us. Better to let the repubs be in charge so that they can hasten the destruction of our country. The faster its destroyed the quicker we can rebuild it without the influence of a congress and senate who are owned by transnational corporations. ith Repubs in complete control the sooner the loons on the tea-party right will see the light , just like those of uson the left have seen the light as Obama and the Dems capitulated after having a serious electoral mandate and a huge majority in both houses. Its not funny anymore time to burn it to the ground .................The repubs are some greedy heartless corporate owned wackos and they will get us there FASTER than the spineless Dems.

    September 28, 2010 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  6. Not fooled

    He's right. We can't have everything but something is better then nothing. " Something" can be improved on. " Nothing" like the Pledge to America can not be improved on because it is what made us fail and put us in this position that we are in. We need to give this administration more time. They are slowly improving , but to go back and go deeper into a recession and more loss of jobs, is crazy. If the rich get their way they will continue to send our jobs overseas . The Republicans will spend millions to repeal our healthcare and waste our time. We need to all be there and support President Obama and his team. Democrats get out there and vote the alternative is not the answer.

    September 28, 2010 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  7. Jake Jackson

    One more bit of evidence that Obama and his administration are out of touch. The Democratic base is who they need to turn out in November. You dance with the lady that brung ya. By stomping on loyal Democrats, the Obama administration has insured a big defeat this fall. Hope they're satisfied.

    September 28, 2010 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  8. picturethisifyouwill

    Adam Green, you are the man.

    Anyone else think we should just give Ole' Joe a strawhat, some suspenders and a shotgun to go walk through the halls of Congress to keep everyone in line? That oughtta straighten things out.

    September 28, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  9. Regertz

    "[We are] picking up the ball that this White House dropped when they refused to fight for the overwhelming popular public option, refused to break up the big banks, and demobilized Obama voters who expected this President to at least fight for big change,"

    You didn't vote out the Blue Dogs...The president had to work with them and fought a bare-knuckled fight with them, the GOP, and the insurers to get the best deal he could. Breaking up the big banks without a rational plan to maintain the credit system would've thrown millions more out of work. Change also has to be rational. If you want more change than give Obama a stronger Congressional base through hard political work to make people see the benefits and vote the congress delegations he needs. As Mrs. Roosevelt once said "Throwing mud from the outside won't help."

    September 28, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  10. djs111

    Gosh, Joe, when the Democrats seem hell-bent on continuing and even strengthening the Republican agenda – I am not bothering to whine. But I may not bother to vote.
    I would LOVE to see the results if all ballots had a choice labeled "lesser of two evils – but still corporate evil".
    But I have no doubt that a Dem victory will be trumpeted as approval of the same corporate rape of the middle class, and unending war.

    September 28, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. Peter E

    What differences with republicans? Under Obama we haven't had a single change in either international or economic plicy. Obama continued the wars, Gitmo detention, our constant threatening of Iran, our squable with both Palestinians and Israel, or standoff with North Korea. Obama continued Bush's bailouts, his tax cuts, and his hands-off approach to big business and Wall Street. NOT A SINGLE THING CHANGED! But of course, people would rather just parrot pundits rather than check the facts for themselves...

    September 28, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Every single point of the republican 'pledge' is a Bush policy. Yes, those worked so well. Let's try them again!

    September 28, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. Willy Brown

    Joe’s right democrats. Stop whining there nothing you can do now. You voted those 2 clowns into the White House what did you expect, leadership?

    September 28, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  14. Andacar

    Good for you Joe. We Democrats have been very guilty of sitting around and complaining, caving in to the right at every opportunity, and generally showing the world a weak and gutless face. If we lose his election against such blithering idiots as Christine O'Donnell, we truly deserve what we get. Stop blathering dry facts at people and show some backbone guys. Get up and fight!

    September 28, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  15. mark nyc

    amen. pelosi needs to get off her smug buttox and get the dems to assemble their collective backbone and fight for what;s right, not for just their reelection. politics as usual.

    September 28, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  16. King

    Obama should have never caved into the republicans and let the insurance companies off the hook, he should have gone with the public option and stand up to the repug charge of socialism. But as a president you have to be bi partison.

    September 28, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  17. Lacey and me

    Why not whine? They have nothing to be proud of thanks to Biden and Obama.

    September 28, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  18. Clwyd

    This should be easy to do as the repulsive republicans have done so little except to say "NO" to everything. Their agenda is to try to ruin the Obama Administration at the cost of what will help Americans in favor of what will help Big OiIl, Big business, Big Wall Street and the Rich!

    September 28, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  19. V.Sheldon

    If Joe Blow was at least smart by half he would just sit down,shut up,and stop alienating his base of support. Biden was the wrong choice to begin with. Progressives now realize we have been sold down the river.

    September 28, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  20. Deborah/Kansas City

    Yeah, keep disrespecting the people who got you elected, that's a good stragegy. Start admitting that you all misjudged how we would react to your swift rush to the right, putting Republicans in charge of healthcare, making Olympia Snow and Chuck Grassley famous. You still have Republicans in charge of important financial decisions, we did not vote for Republicans to run things. Admit you misjudged how Republicans would react to you reaching out and being Bi Partisan, a word all progressives now hate, thanks to you. We don't want to vote for Republicans and we won't, but you should watch out in the primaries in 2012.

    September 28, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. Fed Up

    But the head whiner is Nancy Pelosi. I guess the rest of them are taking their cues from her.

    September 28, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I agree with the Vice President. The administration is getting things done despite the oppsition to everything they're trying to accomplish. I know all of the recent policies aren;t as progressive as I and many other progressives will like them to be, but it's a start. We can always improve the things that need improvement.

    September 28, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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