VP Biden: Democrats Will Keep Control of Congress This Fall

By Cullen Dirner

Aug 20, 2010 5:41pm

ABC News’ Karen Travers reports:A fired-up Vice President Biden said today that despite the dire predictions from pundits, Democrats will keep control of both the House and the Senate after the midterm elections.”The reports of the death of the Democratic Party have been greatly exaggerated — greatly exaggerated,” he said at the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting in St .Louis today. “I'm here to tell you that on November the 3rd…this coming election, there will be in Washington, D.C. a Democratic majority in the House and a Democratic majority in the Senate.”The always loquacious Biden told the Democratic Party’s rank and file members that if it were not illegal, “I'd make book on it.”Biden hammered the opposition, calling them the “Republican tea party,” and said they are offering voters the same failed agenda of the past, albeit one “on steroids.”"This ain't your father's Republican Party. This is the Republican tea party,” he said to applause from the party faithful. “[Voters are] going to begin to see a Republican Party that's a combination of the old failed policies of the Bush administration, the old neoconservative notions about international relations as well as economic policy, combined with a new set of draconian ideas basically on steroids, the old process — literally.”The vice president said that right now, voters just are not focused on the upcoming elections but ultimately they will prove to be smarter than the politicians and pundits. “My grandpop Finnegan used to have an expression. He used to say, Joey, no one focuses on politics in an election year until the World Series is over. It used to be over in early October,” he said of the annual fall baseball classic. Now, he said, the electorate “really doesn't start to focus till after Labor Day.”Biden said for now voters are focusing their frustrations and anger “on the only person who’s there, the only one they see and that’s the president of the United States and the Democratic Congress.”"But guess what, folks. Come Labor Day, and shortly thereafter, they're going to begin to have to compare, focus and compare,” he said. That comparison seems to be what gives the vice president confidence to make the bold prediction that the Democrats will keep control of Congress. He said voters knew when President Obama took office that it was going to take awhile to turn around the economy and when they look at what this administration has done, they will make their choice for the Democratic Party.Biden stressed that while he likes Republicans personally, going to great lengths to say what good guys House Minority Leader John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are, but said the party’s agenda is simply obstructing that of the Obama Administration and Democrats – “repeal and repeat.”"Repeat the old practices of the past. And I believe it's out of step with where the American people are,” the vice president said. “And it's our job between now and the election to draw those clear distinctions.” Biden outlined the progress the Obama Administration and Democrats will stress to voters, in contrast to the Republicans.  “We replaced the failed approach of the past with a new vision of the future — the vision of investing in innovation, research and development, relying on and encouraging ingenuity and talent and the most creative people in our country; a vision of a middle class that gets ahead instead of continually falls behind,” he said. “That's my vision, that's the president's vision, and I'm confident it's yours. And it's something we haven't had in a long while — a national vision.”- Karen Travers

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