November 18th, 2010
09:02 PM ET
12 years ago

Biden weighs in on Pelosi

Washington (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden is weighing in on the controversy surrounding the soon-to-be former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, who was elected minority leader for the next Congress on Wednesday.

"I think she's a very, very effective and competent person. She gets things done. And it's easy to - you know, in this environment, to characterize someone," Biden said of Pelosi, in an interview with CNN anchor Larry King on Larry King Live.

Pelosi faced opposition from moderate Democrats who blamed her for the party's losses in the midterm elections.

Biden also compared attitudes toward Pelosi's role as speaker to those toward other leaders.

"I think that's the case with almost all great leaders. People either liked Ronald Reagan or didn't like him. They liked George Bush or didn't. They liked Bill Clinton or didn't," Biden said.

Biden took a dig at Republicans for focusing on Pelosi during the elections.

"When you spend... $65 million to make someone a lightning rod, it works," he said.

The Vice President also weighed in on a current thorn in the side of the Obama administration - whether or not to extend the Bush-era tax cuts.

Democratic leaders announced Thursday that the controversial issue of extending those tax cuts will be taken up by lame duck Congress when lawmakers return from the Thanksgiving break. Biden continued the conciliatory tone of the post election White House, saying, "We're going to be sitting down on the 30th with the Republicans, the Republican leadership, say, guys, here's our position, what's yours, and let's see if we can work something out. We're not looking for confrontation."

But for now, the administration doesn't sound like it's making much of a change in its position on tax rates. "We don't think we can afford to extend permanently the tax cuts for the top two percent. That would blow another $700 billion hole in the budget," Biden said. "Our position is permanent for the middle class and not permanent for the top."

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soundoff (16 Responses)

    It seems that OBAMA's ship is sinking. Ha, Ha, Ha HURRAY!

    November 18, 2010 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  2. dwayne

    Republicans just did away with christmas for 10s 0f 1000s of poor children when saying NO to unemployment extension. Who are these republicans?

    November 18, 2010 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  3. George of the jungle

    YOu tell them Joe. The repos like to make fun of Joe but he has more knowledge and experience in his pinkie than wanna be Palin has in her whole life. No comparison. THey complaine about Pelose but she has got more done than any of the repos. I guess some guys can;t handle a smart woman. It took a lot of repo money to knock her out and no matter the state or problem they had to blame Pelosi to defame her. Nancy You really scare these white ol repos . And you didn't need a shot gun to do it.

    November 18, 2010 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    About Pelosi, Biden said..."I think she's a very, very effective and competent person. She gets things done.
    But the really big problem with Nancy Pelosi is that the things she got done didn't work. Isn't that more important???
    I mean, considering that the Democratic Party had the Administration, The House, and a filibuster-proof supermajority in The Senate...they could get done whatever they wanted. And they did. And it didn't work. In fact, things got worse.

    This pretty much explains the results of the midterm elections.

    November 18, 2010 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  5. GuyinVA

    The only difference between passengers on the Titanic and liberal politicians and voters in this country is that no one on the Titanic voted to hit the iceberg.

    November 18, 2010 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  6. J.V.Hodgson

    The Republicans were upset with Pelosi because she out manouvered them many times despite stalling tactics. And she got her parties line followed, that was her job. She is quite capable of as a minotity leader being equally effective, as most of the attention will now be on Boehner.
    Bidens right, I just do not see how Republicans can continue to support extending the rich tax cuts at a cost of $70 bn per annum if they say its jobs deficit and debt in that order. Tax breaks to the wealthy do not create jobs. If they did they'd still be adding employees but are not. The point is consumer demand is very weak and there is no need to recruit to meet demand as Industry is operating at 70 % capacity last I heard.

    November 18, 2010 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  7. Snow

    Biden is to funny even when he is not trying to be funny. Thanks to obummer and the demorat congress, they have thrown away trillions of dollars.

    November 18, 2010 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  8. John G

    Biden isn't one to talk.

    November 19, 2010 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  9. Laughing

    Kind of ironic that when he mentions "great leaders" that of the three examples he gave, only one was a Democrat and it wasn't Obama

    November 19, 2010 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  10. cane

    The 65 million didn't change my opinion of Pelosi.

    November 19, 2010 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  11. Not fooled

    I hope when these Congressmen go home for their Thanksgiving dinners and see all the food on their table, they think of all who have nothing. With each bite they take I hope they think about that child who might be going hungry that night. Who might be shivering in a car somewhere in this country. I hope they stop stereo typing people and realize that it's all nationalities that are suffering. I hope they remember the stress of these people who are out of work because of the economy and no other reason. One job for every 5 people does not give you a very good chance and age is another factor. Have a heart and at least give them unemployment benefits. Especially the ones with children. Look at all that you have and give thanks , then think of them and do what you are paid to do work for the people who need it most.

    November 19, 2010 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  12. Willy Brown

    Biden's a dunce and Piglosi is a moonbat.

    November 19, 2010 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  13. jules sand-perkins

    Everybody knows Biden's and the most liberal Democrats' positions. The newly elected Republicans will be able to collaborate with centrist Democrats whose position is not to act out a Robin Hood/Lenin experimental-theater gala in Congress to the kind of reviews we gave Obama and the rest of them Nov. 2.
    Why is Biden talking about Pelosi, anyway? She's made herself a much bigger star than he could ever be.

    November 19, 2010 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  14. Ain't life strange?

    The tax rate of the wealty should returen to pre-tax cut levels... they don't create the jobs as promised. Analysts have shown the wealthiest Americans keep their money. They don't reinvest it to create jobs. They just expect more from the reduced labor force they have. Putting it into perspective; if the tax rate for all Americans was 10% someone making $50,000 would pay $500 in taxes. Someone making a million dolars would pay $10,000. On the surface it looks like the wealthy are paying their fair share. But it would take you 20 years to for you to earn the same one million dollars as your wealthy counterpart. How is that fair?? I'm all for free enterprise, but this is eating away at the middle class.

    November 19, 2010 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  15. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I'm glad you've got the message Joe. No tax cuts for the rich! If there is any type of compromise on that, end them for everyone!

    November 19, 2010 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  16. proud mother of soldier

    How obvious can it get and this administration still does not understand the people of this country do not like the democrat agenda! I took great offense at a few of Pelosi's comments..."pass this bill then we will learn what's in it" and " we know better than the people what they need". I would think she had a major role in the dem demise and I am astounded she is still their leader but oh well, they always say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Let her reign continues to implode!

    November 19, 2010 08:24 am at 8:24 am |