"It does get frustrating, I have to admit," Biden said of the criticisms from the left wing of the Democratic Party. "But, I also admit that my going out and telling them to knock it off, that's not a very positive way to get them engaged."
As he has done in countless fundraisers in recent weeks, Biden once again expressed confidence that Democrats will keep the majority in Congress despite a tough political climate that has many incumbents on the ropes.
"I feel very strongly they're going to … maintain control of the senate, and I think we're going to control the house as well," he said. Though he admitted that his party will lose seats, he declined to pinpoint a specific number.
"I think we're going to take some losses. A lot of people are hurting," he said. "There's millions of out of work, and people are upset."
He said the key will be whether the base comes out to vote. "I think they will."
The vice president even went so far as to put a wager on the line, based on his strong feeling that Democrats are just now starting to "come home."
"The experts are going to be saying, you know, sometime around Thanksgiving, 'You know, voters took longer to make up their minds this election than almost any time.' Cause, yes, this is the time," he said.
Biden dismissed the notion that Democratic candidates would rather have him campaign in their district instead of Obama and chalked up that idea to the fact that Democrats "get a little skittish when … things look like they're kind of tough."
"They said the same thing during the campaign," he said. "Every place I go, they'd be happy to have the president come in and bring out 15, 20, 30 thousand people for them to generate the base. Biden said that Obama is able to draw massive crowds like no other Democrat and that is how he connects with voters. "His style is very different," he said.
Biden said that his appearance at a fundraiser on Friday with Obama in Delaware is not a sign that Democrats are worried about Chris Coons' chances against Republican Christine O'Donnell, who is backed by the Tea Party. Rather, he said, it is about making sure that Coons has the money he needs to counter O'Donnell's negative ads.
But he insisted that Democrats are not counting this race as in the bag. "We take Christine O'Donnell seriously," he said. The vice president said there is an "interesting marriage" within the Tea Party between some "wealthy, wealthy people" who don't share the same views as "some of the Tea Party folks who are just angry and frustrated."
Biden said that marriage will make a difference in what the Republican Party looks like after this election.
"I don't know enough to know, but my guess is, if the Tea Party candidates were to win in significant numbers, I think that pretty well changes the character of the Republican Party," he said.
The vice president launched a familiar but strong defense of the Obama Administration's record and insisted that he and the president are not trying to run against the Bush Administration. Then he immediately compared the Obama record against the Bush record.
"We have created 860,000 private sector jobs since January. That's more jobs than the entire Bush eight years," he said. "All eight years. We created more jobs in the last nine months."