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. B. Bear, Idaho

    AGain, Joe speaks the truth. The media lemmings, locked in their "gaffe" narrative, take the low road.

    September 28, 2010 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  2. We have Cowards in Congress

    Thank you Joe it is about time. Now go tell your other colleague to grow some balls and handle business

    September 28, 2010 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  3. Rowe

    Uh...I thought the traditional role of the VP was to be the attack dog who goes out and attacks the OTHER party. Biden must be confused again. Save some of that criticism for that herd of cats you call a Congress, who refuse to vote for anything unless they can get their earmarks, kickbacks and payola for their own little district, and who vote against their own party's initiatives. Democrats sneer and snicker at Republicans all the time, but they could learn a thing or two about party and message discipline from them.

    September 28, 2010 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  4. austinypc

    The great majority of the media predict Dem. will lose control of the House as Biden has lost touch with the real world.

    September 28, 2010 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  5. Asten

    These Unionists need to get a brain. Congress not Obama makes these laws. Wth the Health Care bill Obama wasn't the one who stripped it down to a pathetic version of what it was supposed to be. It was congress who failed America

    September 28, 2010 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  6. Terry

    Joe is right on this one. You folks must have a memory shorter than my you know what if you've forgotten the mess we were in less than 2 years ago and who put us there. Jobs were disappearing at the rate of 700,000 per month. Banks, brokerages, insurance companies, and our whole monetary system was swirling down the toilet. Have we forgotten who led us into two questionable wars financed with money borrowed from the Chinese? What idiot would want to return to that?

    September 28, 2010 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  7. Kickboxer86

    Did he at least say it in his best Arnie voice?

    September 28, 2010 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  8. Snow

    A peanut butter and jelly sandwich is a better alternate than a liberal demorat. Union bosses might endorse the liberals but alot of the rank and file will vote for the Conservative(Republican)Candidate.

    September 28, 2010 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  9. Newt

    I think the first person to stop whining is President Obama himself. He's been in office for nearly two years and he keeps bringing up President Bush. Yes, he inherited a mess, but you know what? Roll up your sleeves and get to work, Mr. President. And he really should have paid more attention to the economy (and unemployment) first and foremost. Instead, he let his party spend money on projects that have nothing to do with the economy.

    September 28, 2010 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  10. DesertRed

    Finally, Biden points out what should be obvious to every Democrat. Don't vote in November and slide back into the bad old days. Nothing complicated about that. Politics is always the choice among less-than-ideal alternatives. Does the average Democrat really believe that not voting will produce the better of these alternatives??!!!!

    September 28, 2010 03:17 am at 3:17 am |
  11. Ted Monkman

    The only thing that Dems should lament is the fact that they could not get a health plan like we have here in canada. At 75+ and very modest income I have survived countless medical problems that would have and probably has bankrupted many Americans. Don't let the extreme right feed you more crap about our "socialized" medicine.


    September 28, 2010 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  12. Zippy

    Now if he would just tell his boss...

    September 28, 2010 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
  13. Steve

    Democrats have no 'balls' to pick up. They make me ashamed to say I lean left. Just say 'filibuster' and they run like little babies to their mommies breast.

    September 28, 2010 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  14. J.V.Hodgson

    Totally correct stop whining and get on with saying what is good about the last 18 months and then turn it over to the future choice of Repubenomics which got us into this mess, and a pledge that increases the deficit by leaving in place a tax cut that costs 470bn per annum ( unfunded) Sorry people but its been there for 10 years and was a major contributor to the deficit inherited by Democrats Oh I forgot dont forget the billions they will spend on missile defence, again unfunded... and the way they talk our next invasions will Yemen and Somalia... Mogadishu all over again and more unfunded war making.

    September 28, 2010 03:34 am at 3:34 am |
  15. Robert

    Surprise surprise surprise. Joe's big "strategic suggestion" is to try and link current Republicans to Bush. Joe, Joe, Joe....when are you going to realize that dog doesn't hunt any more? People are smarter than that, and all it does is make you look bad. It takes a lot of guts to call Republicans the Party of No when all Democrats know how to do is jump up and down and say "Bush! Bush! Bush!".

    September 28, 2010 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
  16. Tony

    I'm as Liberal as it gets but as far as saying we're WHINING Mr. Vice President, we have every right to be upset and angry. You've been nothing but panzies when it comes to getting good solid bills passed giving in to special interests and Republican gerry-mandering. You haven't done what your base was saying to do after we fought so hard to get you into power. I'm willing to give you two more years since the dumbasses that put Bush into office gave him 8. It's only fair. But dammit, you better follow through and get those things we want done DONE.

    September 28, 2010 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  17. jules sand-perkins

    That Biden didn't know that this was a time for Omama and him to bow their heads in shame, look at the floor, and remain respectfully silent proves that the Vice President (chosen as a foil for the real star of this mess) is much more stupid than we thought from his gaffs: this VP is actually an idiot.

    September 28, 2010 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  18. Ohio Dem

    Don't tell me not to whine... If I don't like what is going on, that is my choice, not yours! Keep it up and I'll vote for the Pubs too in November...

    September 28, 2010 03:55 am at 3:55 am |
  19. Dan

    Biden tells Dems to stop whinning an America Tells Biden to stop breathing!

    September 28, 2010 04:06 am at 4:06 am |
  20. That Guy Who's Always Right

    Biden, we'll stop whining when your administration stops breaking promises to the American people who voted for Obama/Biden in 2008 just to appease the conservative forces who attack you no matter what you do. The last 2 years should have been golden years for those of us who supported progressive change for our country. Your victories have been watered-down implementations of our collective dreams, your losses have been maddening considering the Democratic party's supposed control over both the legislative and executive branches of government, and your outright attacks on your own promises (DADT, Equality of All Regardless of Sexual Identity, Guantanimo Bay, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc) have us livid. Don't try to get the party to win in November by framing Democrats as the lesser of two evils. We want the Change we voted for.

    September 28, 2010 04:06 am at 4:06 am |
  21. Get Real, Biden

    Um, if the "base constituency," A.K.A. core of the party is complaining about the party, there is a serious problem with the party.

    September 28, 2010 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  22. Opinion8it

    The bad news: Obama approval rating at 42% (Gallup)
    The good news: Republican Aproval rating at 32% (Gallup)

    September 28, 2010 04:13 am at 4:13 am |
  23. The Whisper

    Biden, cleared his comments up on MSNBC! Its all good!

    September 28, 2010 04:14 am at 4:14 am |
  24. Coach Lew

    It shouldn't be hard to highlight the differences Joe, spend more getting us deeper in debt than ever in the history of the U.S., allow illegals in the country and then provide all the benefits for them free of charge, put Muslims in high positions within the government, ruin social security, talk instead of defending our resources, bend over backward for China, kiss the God of Saudi's ring and almost lick it off, see to it that our President only goes to church in Novemeber of an election year, fly everyone on vacations to spain etc and pay for super shopping sprees, write legislation that is only understood by a large team of lawyers, fire everyone that bucks the administration and never produce citizenship or birth certificate papers of anyone anymore. These are the main differences between the two parties so what is there to talk about?

    September 28, 2010 04:22 am at 4:22 am |
  25. Reymundo

    Grassroots to Joe Biden. Not only will we quit whining some of us are not voting. We know what the alternative is, but Biden's statement infers we don't have a choice. I don't accept his premise. I say we would be better off without a pompous jerk telling us we should vote for him and shut up. What good is a Democrat who is too busy attacking fellow Democrats while pandering to independents and Republicans. Well, if that is your base fella go for it and see how much support you get.

    September 28, 2010 04:47 am at 4:47 am |
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