Biden: GOP 'strong enough to beat us'
October 7th, 2011
11:00 AM ET
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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. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    The biggest threat to Obama's reelection prospects is Obama himself. He's an incompetent loser whose only interest is imposing his far-left ideologies on a country that doesn't want them.

    October 7, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. Annie, Atlanta

    Steve in NY, you can make the numbers work towards your point of view, or you can look at facts. 5% unemployment? sure, for how long? And how many jobs were we losing when the economy fell off the cliff? 700,000 or more a month for the last few months of his presidency. And Clinton did sign the law that effectively wiped out all protection under Glass Steagall, thanks to Senator Gramm.

    And haven't you paid attention to what's been going on in Congress since Obama was sworn in? Mitch McConnell said it out loud, as if he was proud of himself, that the GOP's #1 goal was to make sure this President served only 1 term. With all the secret holds and filibusters, it's a wonder things were passed at all these last 3 years. And since Boehner has taken over, how many federal buildings has he named, because that's about all he accomplished? How many times did government almost shut down? And didn't we come close to defaulting once. This has been a disgrace. Republicans are a disgrace, and I'm registered as one. I don't even recognize them anymore.

    October 7, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  3. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Annie, Atlanta says...
    Oh, I forgot one thing in my rant. The Republicans are working hard across this country to make sure we American citizens lose our right to vote.
    What the heck are you smoking?????? Care to provide any facts to back up this delusion? I didn't think so....

    October 7, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    The Republicans in the House have made excellent economic progress just since the beginning of this year and have stayed true to their promises leading into 2010. Their work resulted in a $100 billion reduction in the 2011 budget... not just 10 years out, but right now. This is what we need to see. Financial fixes that happen today. Our kids already have too much of a federal government financial burden and it is immoral to push more on them.

    The Republicans, lead by Speaker Boehner have also been responsible for tying spending cuts to the increase in the debt ceiling. Obama demanded a "Clean Increase", which meant no spending cuts. But he was faced with a determined and focused House working for the American taxpayer. Fortunately the American taxpayer is finally starting to get some attention.

    October 7, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. ru serious

    ...people get real. Unless you are the permanent underclass and/or a union member, there is nothing the Obama admin has or will offer. He is NOT about the middle class, unless you are one a member of one of those sub-groups. Oh, I guess I should add "Hollywood Celebs" to the list......mindless lemmings.

    October 7, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. BLKmanNAmerica will never (most def not today or anytime before 2012 election) get a repuk/KKKers/teabagger party to "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?'". So what are you going to do Mr. Biden CRY?

    October 7, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. Tired of the nonsense

    But the GOP and Tea Party are evil.
    All it takes for evil to prosper is for good people to do nothing - or to vote them into office.

    Obama is an intelligent man with a love for this country and a desire to put this country and its citizens back on track. The GOP just want to line their pockets.

    The GOP is evil.

    October 7, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. Tammy Lambert, Arizona

    Cantor and Boehner probably wont do that because they want to keep their positions, if it appears they are willing to negotiate or even have talks about compromise they know it will infuriate most of their party. The GOP party has spoken and they have said its our way or we are taking the entire country down. Cantor has become power hungry and its too bad because he is seems intelligent.

    October 7, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. Dale

    Presuming from the rotting puddle of Republican candidates it appears Romney may actually win the nomination. Imagine a nation with a President who believes in a religion which is a total fabrication of a fanatical lunatic, and this religion guides every devout Mormon's fanatical behavior. See on youtube The Bible vs The Book of Mormon. This country is in a huge mess due to another monumental Republican idiot, Bush. Obama is smart and given the time he may, if too much damage by Republicans has not set an inevitable crash course, be able to start a long and slow process of fixing the country, which will take the sacrifice of the sacred cow, cutting the so called defense budget back to under 10% of our economic pie. Won't happen, but if it did there would be no no national debt, the dollar would be the world standard, education would be free and excellent as would health care. With Romney, well he believes Jesus is coming back and only the best of Mormons will make it to the top of three tiers in the imaginary celestial kingdom. Let us keep out President who is sane and capable, we have suffered the effects of voodoo Republican politics to the near collapse of the country.

    October 7, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. tj66

    If the GOP weren't so inept, it would be a slam dunk win in 2012. No one (from any party in any office) should be elected with unemployment above 8%.

    October 7, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. John

    I feel so good knowing we have such stellar intellects in the Obama Administration, such as Joe Biden. Were would we be without his incredible insight and wisdom? Infact, the country is in such debt to Joe, the country owes hims
    a triple governmental pension!

    October 7, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  12. 1sassy1

    Time for another shellacking! Bye to both of you biden and obama!

    October 7, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. mark boutilier

    Let them have it . The party of no won't change anything . All the pigs in Washington are doomed , and haven't seen the end yet .Let the revolution begin . Crush all political parties and there families

    October 7, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. Jason

    I really hope that Biden clears his statements with Obama. Biden has proven to be a bit of an oaf, in the speaking department.

    October 7, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. Grr82cu2

    REPUBLICANS.....with their never-has-worked-as-billed economic theory based on the old Horse & Sparrow economics (look it up) us into this mess with their own drunken sailor spending and fiscal mismanagement.

    And those wanting to return them to political power seem to (a) have forgotten that and/or (b) want the REAL CLASS WAR – what THEY wage on the Middle Class – to return so they can benefit financially !!!

    October 7, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  16. normajean

    I'm 86 years old....I've watched a beautiful country fall apart due to greed and lack of caring . When one of two ruling parties is so greedy and rotten at the core that they don't care what happens to the people who've worked so hard to keep this nation moving.. Personally, I can't take this any more and I hope I don't live to see 2012!!!!

    October 7, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  17. bobden

    It's tiresome reading the lies posted by the trolls. Everyone knows that gwb crashed the economy. And that the repubs have done everything they could to keep ANYONE from fixing it.

    October 7, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  18. Joshua Ludd

    No, Joe.. the only group powerful enough to defeat you at this point are your fellow Democrats, and I am sure you, starting with this idiocy, Obama, and the other Dems will do everything you can to be defeated by the Republicans.

    October 7, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  19. Sean in DC

    Here's what people on the right don't get, because they clearly think that 99.9% of progressives (liberals, whatever) "love" Obama and think that everything is peachy-keen as long as a Dem is in the Oval Office: We "libs" get it, alright. We understand exactly what kind of poor shape the country is in. We also understand how and why this slide started (hint: It was more than 3 years ago) and we also understand that changes in economics often take years to unfold (which is why we're now paying for mismanagement that began before Obama was in office.)

    So yeah, the country is in a frying pan. But what right wingers don't get is that the rest of us *know* we're in the frying pan- but that doesn't mean we want to jump into the fire! So... am I enthusiastic about Obama, thinking everything he's done has been the right thing? Hell no! But would I like to see one of these wack Republiclowns take his place? Again- HELL no! Lesser of two evils, baby. That's what it's gonna have to be about this time.

    October 7, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  20. David

    Biden is speaking the truth. Obama and the Democrats are vulnerable. People are angry because the economy has not recovered from the Bush Recession quickly enough. They want to blame someone and Obama is in the hotseat. The fact that it would be impossible for anyone to clean up the mess the Republicans left us in just two and a half short years is irrelevant to most people. They want a miracle. Into the turmoil step the Republicans with their lies and distortions. They say that the way to recover from the Bush Recession is to go back to the Republican policies that put us in this mess in the first place. My fear is that enough frightened and angry people will fall for their snake oil and they will win in 2012. If that happens, our country will continue along the path of decline and economic failure started by Bush and his Republican henchmen.

    October 7, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  21. NoTags

    Biden is just saying this to energize their base. Obama will be re-elected in 2012. People still remember well the wars and debt the last Grand Obstructionist Party President brought us.

    Obama is by no means a great President, but he is better than anything the Grand Obstructionist Party has to offer.

    October 7, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  22. George Ramos

    Below is the transcript edited out of that Biden's speech:

    October 7, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  23. Kevin

    Biden knows he's a one-term VP

    October 7, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  24. Sgt.Joe

    For what the voters did by electing those fools to Congress in 2010, they deserve to be completely led by the GOP....back down the toilet. Man, this country sucks when it comes to lessons learned. Fools.

    October 7, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  25. Look Into the Crystal Ball

    "This is a deal... can you deliver on this deal?" bleats the bleeding-heart liberal. Translation "Give in and do it our way. It's our deal, not yours." Biden, not only can the Republicans beat you, they're going to... just like last November.

    October 7, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
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