Biden: Republicans will be less partisan under second term for Obama
November 4th, 2012
07:31 PM ET
10 years ago

Biden: Republicans will be less partisan under second term for Obama

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday predicted a clear Election Day victory for the Democratic presidential ticket and argued Washington will see less partisan gridlock under a second term for President Barack Obama.

Putting the blame on the GOP, Biden maintained Republicans will feel less "controlled" by the far-right wing of the party, saying "I think you're going to see the fever break."

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In a rare televised interview–conducted by MSNBC's Chris Matthews–Biden argued many Republicans in Congress will assume a "get-out-of-jail free" card after the election. The pressure, he said, to stick to a "hard, right edge" in order to be win re-election will be softened.

"They're going to start saying, 'Hey man, I no longer have an obligation to stick with the right of my party to say we're going to defeat this guy. He's there for four more years. He's done. It's over. Let's get something done'," Biden said, suggesting he's already talked to some Republicans about it, though he did not name any.

Both Obama and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney have expressed willingness to work across the aisle in the next four years. The issue will especially amplify as the lame duck Congress works to find a deficit-reduction deal by the end of the year, hoping to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff.

The vice president further handicapped the presidential election. Despite numerous polls indicating the race is statistically tied, Biden said Tuesday's results should be clear.

"I think that we're going to win," he said. "I don't think it's going to be close in the Electoral College. I think we're going to win clearly."

Biden, who made three campaign stops in the crucial swing state of Ohio on Sunday, said he expects Obama to carry Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nevada, and New Hampshire. He added they have an "even chance" to win Virginia and Florida.

"So it could be a big win. And it also could be close. But I think the firewall here of Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa–I think it's going to hold firm," he said.

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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. CraigRB

    The Republicans better be less partisan in Obama's second term or they'll be voted out in the 2014 mid-terms.

    November 4, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  2. mb

    Hasn't Obama tried working with them on the debt ceiling?

    November 4, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    They haven't been partisan. They have simply said the spending is entirely too excessive, and Obama only wants to keep spending!

    November 4, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  4. uncdig

    Go Joe – 2012 comedian of the year – just like earlier this week when he said he'll be prez in 2016 – what a leader – doesn't even realize his own party thinks of him as the court jester

    November 4, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  5. Tom R

    Well, that ices it! If senile Joe says they're going to win, then let's roll out the red carpet for our next President,,,
    Mitt Romney right now,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Game Over.

    November 4, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  6. ken

    I hope so,Tea Party has hijacked party Republicans and country with their non-compromise attitude. I hope they get routed this year.

    November 4, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  7. RudyG

    Yeah....And I have some land for you south of Key West....It's lush and pristine.....

    November 4, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  8. RudyG

    The problem is a president who can't seem to work with anybody who doesn't see things his way.

    November 4, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  9. Adam

    You know, when every article I read about Congress calls them "lame ducks", or points out they've done less this year then any prior; I have to wonder how Reps can still try to blame Obama for their problems?

    November 4, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  10. Bryan

    Why would any congressman allow Obama to accelerate our decline. Republicans will continue to block his radical tax and spend follishness.

    November 4, 2012 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  11. rs

    Unfortunately, Mr. Biden is probably wrong here. Until the GOP kills off it's extremist TEA Party ilk, their idea of bipartisanship will remail "we get what we want and you get squat", or more simply "no". Sure, perhaps if they lose a few more elections they may get the idea that their brand of crazy doesn't sell, but I think until they really come face to face with their fringe (much like Barry Goldwater warned the GOP about the John Birch fringe in 1964) they'll be doomed to keep on trying to play out the clock instead of doing the work of the American citizenry.

    November 4, 2012 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  12. bouree

    I think with a Romney win, there's a chance that Democrats will try the same trick – listen to the far left to send Romney back home in 4 years. Another 4 years of a do-nothing congress!! Aargh!!!

    November 4, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  13. Kirk

    Get real Biden. Considering the divisive nature the president brought on I highly doubt many will want to work with him. Need Romney bad!

    November 4, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  14. Pupo

    Smart thinking as usual.

    November 4, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  15. Wanderer

    I agreed with VP Biden. If Obama is re-elected, the GOP will have no reason to focus on making Obama one-termed president. The GOP will work with Obama for People of America instead of for their 1% or they risk losing their seats in Senate and Congress in the next Mid-term. I think, re-electing Obama is the better way to bring both parties together.

    November 4, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are proven failures!

    I'm not holding my breath, although I do hope VP Biden is right. The current crop of Repubs are a disgrace to their country, party and the oath they swore to the Constitution.

    November 4, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  17. Consequence

    So, how would Obama be? Even more partisan? Better not to take the chance on another four years with Obama/Biden and go with the candidates who really know what they are doing.

    November 4, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  18. Glenn Koons

    Here is praying Joe, the Dem firewall collapses all across the fruited plains. And Sir, it was the Dems in Reid's Senate who never made any any any comprises with the Pub House on spending, tax or regu. bills. Not once. Reid did not even have a Senate budget in which to compromise. The only hope is to get rid of the Reid Senate and The WH naif and crew and Joe. Then America will actually get going on the right track again.

    November 4, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  19. LIP

    Well, they couldn't be any less partisan then Obama was during his last four years and hopefully his only four years. He started out telling us one thing and immediately did just the opposite, so what is to prevent him from doing the same thing again.

    November 5, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  20. J.V.Hodgson

    This analysis is right on the button.
    I see the Dems holding the Senate it maybe 52-48, ( current 53-47) and is because Massachusets goes Dem. Maine goes Ind but leaning Dem and Mourdock loses his seat ( 56- 44) I'm also not convinced that Rehberg takes Montana. If he does all we prove is that in the US money talks not policy. The ad money here is coming from Unidentified post boxes in some out of state UPS stores. On principle I would vote against the intended beneficiary of such campaign funds.

    November 5, 2012 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  21. jason

    Of course it will be less partisan. They mortgaged the country for the last 12 to 18 months, if that gameplan doesn't get their guy in the White House I really doubt they will try it again. The country can't afford the gridlock that the "do nothing Congress" brought upon it the last 2 years.

    November 5, 2012 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  22. publius1966

    Why does anyone bother covering a man who maniacally laughs thru a V.P. debate, usually has no clue what state he is in or who he is with or who he is endorsing. He remembers things that did not happen, doesn't remember things that did. He lied about Obama & his suppposed lack of knowledge of the Benghazi terrorist attack. He is a plagiaizer and race baiter – but I grant that about 2% of the time he appears lucid

    November 5, 2012 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  23. annieL

    Sure hope he's right. It's very scary when one party "takes the pledge" to oppose anything and everything the other party proposes, lock arms and walk, talk and vote in goose-step. Democrats have never done that. There have always been cross-over Democrats–liberals, moderates and conservatives–voting independently on some issues. That's the only way our government can work. To vote for these party-first Republicans will reward them for their irresponsible and dangerous tactics that cripple our representative government.

    November 5, 2012 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  24. Dave

    I absolutely disagree with Biden. If anything, the GOP will be worse than they ever have been. This is the case because they couldn't care less about this country and all they want is power. Simple. Period.

    November 5, 2012 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  25. RetiredSSG

    Right Joe. A Gaffe perhas?

    Although it is possible, that way the Republican who gets elected in 2016, can spend the first 4 years blaming Obama for what he "inherited".

    November 5, 2012 08:04 am at 8:04 am |