Biden: GOP 'strong enough to beat us'
October 7th, 2011
11:00 AM ET
11 years ago

Biden: GOP 'strong enough to beat us'

(CNN) – As President Barack Obama prepares to take his re-election campaign into high gear, his running mate is acknowledging the formidable contest ahead.

Speaking at the Atlantic Ideas Forum Thursday in Washington, Vice Pres. Joe Biden said Republicans posed a real threat to Obama's reelection prospects.

When asked about the Republican Party's strength, Biden said, "It's strong enough to beat both of us."

"Look, no matter what the circumstance, at the end of the day, the American people right now are in real trouble," Biden continued. "An even larger percentage have stagnant wages. And a significant majority of the American people believe that the country is not moving in the right direction. That is never a good place to be going into re-election, whether it's your fault or not your fault. It's almost sometimes irrelevant."

Biden's remarks came the day before new jobs data showed the unemployment rate remaining at 9.1%.

Biden said ultimately voters will look to the Obama administration's record on the economy as they cast votes.

"What I'm counting on - I'm counting on what I read out there, the judgment of the American people to decide - they know the hole we're in; they know how far we've come out; they're dissatisfied how fast we're going; and they're going to have to choose whether or not the path we have set the country on is the path that we should continue to go or we should go back to 'liberating' the economy," Biden said.

As Obama and Biden continue to push Congress to vote on the president's American Jobs Act, the vice president said a fractured GOP was leading to legislative gridlock.

"This is just Joe Biden's impression, but I truly believe if just Eric Cantor, Joe Biden, Barack Obama and John Boehner were allowed to settle the deal in the room we would have had a deal," Biden said.

He said if the GOP were able to unify, a deal could get hammered out.

"We need a Republican Party that's united," Biden said. "We need a Republican Party you can sit down with and say, 'OK, this is a deal. Can you deliver? Can you deliver on the deal?'"

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soundoff (247 Responses)
  1. Mary

    More like the American people are strong enough to beat Obama. Both Obama and Biden will be looking for new jobs in 2012 because the American people will be voting them both out of office.

    October 7, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. MTATL67

    I just cannot vote GOP after I got the response back from my Senator (Chambliss) about his earmarks. $3,100,000 for the Chattahoochee River Rec. area and $7,900,00 for repairs to the Courthouse in Savannah, Ga. His response was “I reserve the right to ask Congress and the President for critical funding”. Recreation and repairs are critical funding but unemployment and jobs are not critical.

    October 7, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. logic in LA

    His remarks may be true, but are people really willing to go back to what caused the problem? I don't think so! If the Democrats finally start calling out Republicans as they should have for the last three years, they would not be in this shape.
    It's not their ideas that have them in trouble, it's the lack of backbone in supporting them that has. Democrats and The President have looked weak in allowing the Republicans to walk all over them in every negotiation.
    Mr President, Occupy Wally St is not 100% right in it's demands, but enough so that you can embrace the concept and learn from it- fight for what you believe to be right and damn political correctness. It's why Christie is so well liked.

    October 7, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. John

    Tea Party runs the GOP. There would be a deal but the GOP is too afraid of their right wing faction to compromise. They have been taken over.

    October 7, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. JeffinIL

    Nothing like a concession speech before the election.

    October 7, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. Robert Zimmer

    Obama's only chance to win is if he distances himself from Harry Reid,Jeff Imelt,Eric Holder,Nancy Pelosi, and Tim Geithner .These people are corrupt and are drowning president Obama.The Voter is not blind!

    October 7, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. rs

    Well, sure the GOP/TP can beat the Democrats: they lie, debase their opponents; rig their elections and engage in rampant Gerrymandering of districts. They use divisive issues (abortion, immigration, etc.) that have nothing to do with this nations real problems to rally their extremist base. In essense they play the game very well. They are backed by America's super-rich, and corporations (that their radical Supreme Court judges declared equal to citizens). Unfortunately, the GOP/TP is rotten to the core, utterly without values, and focused only on the bottom line. Their vision looks backwards. Somewhere to a time when working men had no rights, when old people starved to death and we enslaved the poor- for being poor. Charitably thats the 1850s, specifically, I think they are looking much farther back- perhaps the 1650s.

    Make no mistake my fellow citizens- the GOP/TP has declared war on Amerca and her majority citizens 30 years back. WE NEED to take OUR COUNTRY back! NOW!

    October 7, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. Captain Awesome

    Finally, some honesty from the White House. I'm sure President Zero will send out his drones in the media for damage control and poor Joe will probably be dispatched to appear at some bake sale in Bangladesh.

    Obama = Carter

    October 7, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. sonny chapman

    Repubs. can not bend their infallible principles. The ones that state TAXES ARE JOB KILLERS; except when Clinton was Prez. It doesn't matter whether these beliefs square up with reality. This is what Fox News & Rush told them & it has become Religious Faith to them. Or, to quote Billy Joel,"you should never argue with a crazy man,man..."

    October 7, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. howcouldIhavevotedforObama?

    The Republicans fractured? Is he kidding? The Dems hate the "jobs bill" more than the Republicans! The Dem senator from Missouri wont even be seen with Obama. Don't believe Obama is incompetent? Read the Suskind book...

    October 7, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. Rsprings

    I hope he is a prophet and he is right.

    October 7, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. deb0155

    We need the current administration to wake up and smell the coffee and take responsibility for their huge mistakes they have made with all of the taxpayers' money. Stop the spending! Stop the madness!

    October 7, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  13. Californian

    Glad to see even the Vice President is recognizing that Obama will be a one-term mistake.

    Start packing now Obama. America has come to its senses.

    October 7, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. thunderbolt

    Thats has been the problem the whole time! Sitting down and saying THIS IS THE DEAL! WHEN YOIU SHOULD BE SAYING LETS SIT DOWN AND FIX THE PROBLEM. Just like the jobs bill that republicans are taking heat because it hasn't been brought to a vote.All, while Harry Reid is the one who will not put it on the floor(again)Why, because they are trying to pass it without any changes able to be made. Thats right, no resolutions, no republican imput what so ever. So its actually saying PASS MY BILL.I also don't think they have the votes within their own party to pass it. Your darn right the republicans are going to give you a run in 2012. And I'm with them. I love how they argue compromise as long as they are getting what they want. I wouldn't compromise with these people either. Compromise with democrats is why our economy is tanked. Why don't they just come out and say here it is, now give me my way or else..........At least it would be a more honest approach. ......Never mind, I see the problem right there

    October 7, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. JOHN

    Joe Biden may be right, but the GOP (Greedy Ornery Pharohs) is scuttling itself. The American people are smart enough to realize that by voting in Republicans would be sending us backward into the George Bush kind of very undesirable experience. President Obama is doing a superb job given the nasty attitude of Republicans in Congress.
    He and Joe Biden deserve to be re-elected and along with them enough Democrats to save our country from a GOP disaster.

    October 7, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  16. gt

    he should of been working on jobs when they had control of the house and senate... you and obama wasted two years and did not do a thing for jobs... but ignore the disaster...and now we are paying for it..

    October 7, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. texan

    Has anyone read Plan for a New American Century PNAC. This was a Cheney, Rumsfeld, etc plan to expand America`s influence and power throughout the middle east. The was in Iraq was a major part of that plan which failed in some respects, however, Haliburton, Blackwater, Brown & Root made Billions. Nuf said.

    October 7, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. one voice

    Do you know why the GOP can beat us? because of their BRAINDED followers that vote against their own best interest. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKE UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUP FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLS!!!

    October 7, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. Canuck

    I can't believe Americans are even considering choosing the Republicans to get them out of this mess – they are the party largely responsible for creating it. Fox news has a lot to answer for.

    October 7, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. JC

    They cannot unify and they cannot deliver.

    October 7, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. Oscar

    What's the world coming to? Biden is making sense.

    October 7, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. Vote the Real Tea Party Black Guy Herman Cain

    It's time to get rid of Joe Biden and draft in Hillary Clinton as VP!

    this guy has so much foot in the mouth disease, that with "friends" like this, you dont need an enemy!

    Considering the fact in that at one time in the US, we have a VP Dick Cheney who was able to re-sell a badly managed Iraq and Afghanistan wars to the American people that was NOT PAID FOR and they were voted back into office for a 2nd time, that eventually lead to the demise of the United States as we know it!

    Biden needs to GO!!!!

    October 7, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    "they know the hole we're in; they know how far we've come out;"

    How refreshing to hear Joe Biden credit Americans with the intelligence to understand exactly what has been happening these past three years, especially considering corporate media talking heads have spent the past three years all but burying any real progress with their incessant "woe is us" doom and gloom - gloom and doom scenario's, throwing out one misleading corporate sponsered poll after another to back up their negativism. Oh, yes. Let's NOT forget the Republican Congress who still insult our intelligence daily with their talking points blaming middle class itself for the slow job growth because, geesh, there are millions of jobs out there to be had, you're just not looking hard enough.

    October 7, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  24. Good Stuff

    Delicious democrat tears. I will be licking them up between now and the 2012 election. Prepare for a flood guys when Obama loses.

    October 7, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |

    Please, nobody in Congress cares about any of us. They are all millionaires and the only interest they have is in themselves.

    October 7, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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