HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. -- Sept. 18, 2008— -- Vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden is dismissing concern among Democrats about why Sen. Barack Obama hasn't opened a commanding lead in the polls, expressing confidence that voters will turn against the incumbent party when they focus more on the key issues.
In an interview with ABC's Kate Snow, Biden said many voters remain skeptical about the Democratic ticket's ability to effect change -- but said such concerns will be assuaged by Election Day.
"They believe in the change we want. They just don't know that we can accomplish it," Biden, D-Del., said in an interview to be broadcast on "Good Morning America" Thursday, when ABC's "50 States in 50 Days" project visits West Virginia.
Summing up the thoughts of voters, Biden said: " 'McCain's not going to do any real change. But, you know, Biden and Obama want to, but can they do it? Will they have the nerve to do it?' That's the real question," Biden said.
Added Biden: "Look, when 82 percent of the American people think the country's going in the wrong direction, when the same outfit's been in charge for the last eight years, when you're in a position where you have Wall Street crumbling before our eyes and hope to God we can prop it up to keep it from spreading to Main Street like a plague -- the idea that they're going to reelect somebody who doesn't have a fundamental disagreement with George W. Bush on the economy, taxes, health care, etc. . . . I'm not nervous at all."