But, Biden said, "Labor isn't the reason why the automobile companies are in the trouble they're in. Labor is going to have to make some additional sacrifices, and they know it and they understand it."
He said, "It's been very bad decisions made about the type of automobiles, the way to market automobiles, the way to allocate costs that has been the overwhelming reason why the industry is in trouble. But labor, in order to save their own jobs, in order to save the prospect of an industry, is going to have to make some more sacrifices."
Stephanopoulos asked Biden about the controversy surrounding Obama's selection of conservative Pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at the inauguration.
Biden said of Obama's decision, "He also has made a judgment -- I think correctly -- that in order to heal the wounds of this country and move this country forward so we get out of this -- this -- this mindset overstated of red and blue and the like -- that he was going to reach out."
"Look, he's giving an invocation. He's not making policy. He's not part of the administration," Biden said.
When pressed on the gay and lesbian rights community's demand that the Obama administration develop an action plan on revoking the military's "Don't ask, Don't tell" policy within the first 100 days in office, Biden said, "I'm not making a commitment for the administration based on any timetable. But the commitments we made during the campaign to deal with these issues of equity and fairness we will deliver on in our administration."
"Look, we are faced with the first, most critical urgent problem. And the immediate, the day we're sworn in, the thing that we have to worry about is the further collapse of this economy," Biden said.
Asked about the Blagojevich scandal, Biden expressed shock.
"I've been around for 36 years. I have not seen, at least in terms of allegations, anything as bold as what's being suggested here," he said.
During the interview, Biden said he didn't know if his son, Beau, 38, the attorney general of Delaware, will run for his Senate seat in 2010.
The future vice president said his wife, Jill Biden, a community college professor, intends to continue teaching when the family moves to the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.
The Bidens will be bringing with them yet another puppy, in addition to the German Shepherd puppy his family got this month from a dog breeder.
"We're going to have more than one puppy," Biden told Stephanopoulos.
The vice president-elect said his family intends to get another puppy from the pound so that his new yet-to-be-named puppy will have companionship.
"I've had German Shepherds since I was a kid and I've actually trained them and shown them in the past," Biden said. "So I wanted a German Shepherd and we're going to get a pound dog, which my wife wants, who is hopefully a Golden [Retriever]."
One decision the future vice president won't be making is the new puppy's name.
"My granddaughters are going to make that clear on Christmas morning," Biden said.