Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. urged Democrats on Friday to shake away their pessimism about the midterm elections, declaring: “The reports of the death of the Democratic Party have been greatly exaggerated.”They're really banking on "Blame Bush" for a 3rd straight election, the only question is whether or not the American voters will actually be dumb enough to buy it again.
Mr. Biden reprised the famous quotation from Mark Twain as he sought to rally the spirits of party leaders gathering here at the summer meeting of the Democratic National Committee.
With 75 days remaining in an election campaign that will determine whether Republicans will win control of Congress or Democrats will hold their majority, the vice president touted the strength of the Democratic Party, speaking in Union Station with the Mississippi River less than a mile away.
“On Nov. 3, the day after the election, there will be a Democratic majority in the House and a Democratic majority in the Senate,” Mr. Biden said. “If it weren’t illegal, I’d make book on it.”
The vice president acknowledged the challenging political environment facing the party, but he argued that he and President Obama inherited a shrinking economy when they took office 19 months ago.
“Before we turned on our computers in the West Wing, we inherited an economy that was shrinking seven percent,” Mr. Biden said. “Before I lowered my hand on that cold day, we had lost 740,000 jobs that month.”