September 28th, 2010
12:21 AM ET
11 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. Joe, San Diego

    8 years of Bush won't be fixed in one year or two years or one term, most people can't get out of debt in 1 year so how do they expect President Obama to fix the deficit in one term

    September 28, 2010 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  2. diridi

    do not let these GOP thugs rule the nation...they take the nation to dogs....Karl Rowe is just like Rush Limbaugh....the biggest idiot...with no brain....GOP thugs mess again...if you still insist, it is your karma...that's it...just vote any not be not listen to old thugs of this nation....GOP thugs, may even repeal Health Care cautious...God not listen to idiotic polls...some of the CNN are Gloria Borger....that old dude...etc, and even John King...the idiot...God Bless the nation, the USA...............

    September 28, 2010 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  3. Liz the First

    The choice has never been clearer. Do we leave the hose in the hands of the Fireman-in-Chief and his crew, or do we turn the country back over to the arsonists? The Dems have to stand up for what they've accomplished and lay the blame firmly on the party of NO for causing the mess in the first place and for stopping the recovery from being quicker and more vigorous. folks are upset, but they need to know who they need to be upset with! folks, channel your anger toward the ones who caused the problems, not the ones who are trying to fix them!

    September 28, 2010 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  4. charlie from the North

    Good advice Joe. And don't forget "Get off you butts and vote".

    September 28, 2010 12:39 am at 12:39 am |

    I completely agree with Biden. Democrats should be proud of this administration. They fought hard and moved the country forward. Change doesn't happen over night and to attack this President because he wasn't liberal enough, makes no sense. What is the alternative? What would the republicans do if they were in charge. Absolutely nothing. They have only been plotting against this president from the start. They used every opportunity to bash the president. Now its time for us to stand up and support the white house. Show up and vote in November.

    September 28, 2010 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  6. Tim in Omaha

    I agree – Stop Whining!!

    And then he drops the standard "blame Bush" line. When will he learn Bush is not on the ballot??

    September 28, 2010 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  7. DonBeal

    Right on, Joe! If you want it, you have to work for it. Toughen up, fellow Dems.

    September 28, 2010 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Whine if you may, but I refuse to vote Republicans in office because it was they who dropped the ball for 8 years and it is they who have refused to honor their oath by placing their hand on the Bible to serve ALL Americans and now they have replaced the Bible with their so-called pledge to Americans.

    September 28, 2010 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  9. T'SAH from Virginia

    Actually, the Democratic Politicians need to stop WHINING and that would automatically UNITE THE BASE!!! My CASE and my POINT!!!

    If the Democratic Politicians did not JUMP SHIP and DISTANCE themselves from the BASE, the BASE would be more excited. They need to get out there and MAKE the BASE want to VOTE – Period!!!

    With that said – DEMOCRATS – make the Politicians STATE the CASE and mean it – so we can UNITE the BASE and believe in it – so we can WIN this RACE in November 2010!!! All of these races are LOCAL and do not let the National Media make you think differently!!!!

    T'SAH from Virginia – the Original – and I approve this message!!

    September 28, 2010 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  10. Marie MD

    Mr. Vice President, we are not whining. We have jobs (in spite of what the teabaggers think of us) and we can't be traveling all over the US on our big gas guzzling RVs spewing hate and stupidity.
    We will be heard in November and in 2012 where it counts by our votes.
    Mr. Green, what you need to do is go after the rethugs who get in the way of everything that the President is trying to do. The ones that don't want to play because they are bullies are the rethugs in Congress. They have to go.

    September 28, 2010 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  11. Eric

    Will Adam Green feel any better with Republicans in the House?

    September 28, 2010 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  12. conoclast

    Will we ever know why the White House abandoned the single-payer option? I think that particular juncture is where Obama lost his "mojo" with his progressive base. What we actually got when the smoke cleared was a gutted bill that only serves to anger the right and depress the left. We whine because Washington seems utterly UNABLE to change itself. Maybe it's time we took a good hard look at what we call "democracy" - and, yes, at alternatives.

    September 28, 2010 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  13. Steve (the real one)

    "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"
    I see this another way. If the Dems TRUTHFULLY highlight their differences with Republicans, they (the DEMS) will be so ever grateful they extended unemployment benefits to 99 weeks!

    September 28, 2010 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  14. Don

    Easy for Joe to say, he's not running for anything.

    September 28, 2010 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  15. Squigman

    Yes. Stop the whining. Also, if you do not get out and vote, be prepared to live with what you get, disguised as leadership.

    September 28, 2010 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  16. Jennifer

    I love our Vice President. We might have the worst President in the history of the US, but at least Joe is there to keep us entertained. 🙂

    September 28, 2010 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  17. cecilia

    you tell em Joe – it is about time we heard from you. I hope you take control and give em hell – let's beat those tea bag tea party republicans – we can do it

    September 28, 2010 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  18. Jack

    Biden has a point. The message Dems need to get out is that if the Repugs get in they will try to dismantle health care reform, do away with social security and medicare (oh –the['ll say the elderly who have it can keep it but for the next generation–fini), deregulating big business (remember the BP oil leak?) etc etc. This is important. We need to get to work here.

    September 28, 2010 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  19. Discernment


    The "professional left" has carried on like big babies. They expect this White House to turn around in less than a year, the same national economic catastrophe that has been building for the past eight years. All while trying to herd a bunch of democratic kittens who act more like sissy cowards in fear of Tea Party's shadow.

    Thank you President Obama, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and Vice President Biden for standing up and fighting for the middle-class; something the "coward-crats" in Congress are to afraid to do.

    September 28, 2010 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  20. all of America

    Hey biden ,tell that to obama on national tv!Tell him to stop blaming Bush and the republicans for the dems huge failure !

    September 28, 2010 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  21. Reggie from LA

    Didn't get this. Didn't get that. How much political leverage can a vote buy? Everybody wants "their piece" of the pie for having voted for Obama. Never in history has a President had to fight, day in and day out. Hell, a whole movement has been financed for the last year and a half to whine about how Obama has stolen the country and dropped the ball. No other president has been so maligned, daily. The Tea Party has droned and droned the sense out of luke warm dems. Biden's right. Quit whining and do something. Vote in some votes for your agendas or shut up.

    September 28, 2010 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  22. Scott

    I would have to say...I am with Adam Green on this issue. Although I DO intend to rally the votes for the Dems, I will also say that Obama has been more than just a mild disappointment. He seems to have lost his backbone, the very principles he campaigned on. I suspect however, he has also tried too often to appease the right, when he should have been representing the Dems all the way...just as the GOP does for their party. Biden needs to be very careful that he doesn't prompt a total disconnect with voters by telling them to "stop whining".

    September 28, 2010 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  23. pjoe

    Stop whining ... Summer of Recovery is over. Disappointed? Tough! Stop whining! It's Bush's fault.
    Stop whining ... Pelosi/Reid Congress added 4.8 trillion dollars to debt in 3.5 years? Tough! Stop whining! It's Bush's fault.
    Stop whining ... Hope and Change! Can't find a job? Keep hoping! Lost your job? Tough ... change happens! It's Bush's fault.
    Stop whining ... and thank you for your support.

    September 28, 2010 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  24. The reality is...

    Yes, look at our choices: bigger government or less government, higher taxes or lower taxes, more freedom or less freedom, more corruption or less corruption, health care bill forced down our throats that raises cost of health care or Obamacare repealed and and affordable health care for all, America another 3rd world nation or America restored.
    Don't give us that line about returning to the "Bush era"; the Tea Party and Independents will see to it that we return to what made this nation prosperous in the first place. Biden doesn't have a clue.

    September 28, 2010 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  25. Ron in Asheville, NC

    I have always been a pretty non-partisan person: I believed that you could take in information and decide about candidates,etc. based on issues and policy questions supported by information. Unfortunately, the current conservative movement–which seems to me unwilling even to consider information–has poisoned that well. While I agree with Adam Green on the broad strokes, I no longer believe that, as a practical matter, one has the (I hate to say it) LUXURY of THINKING about issues and policy. It's either progress or it's not. So . . . while I hate it, I'm with Biden, at least for the foreseeable future. Get out there and make the case that, even if the administration's policies are often half-baked, they're much, much better than the alternative. And I do think it's possible to keep the Senate, though I doubt it is the House.

    September 28, 2010 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
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