WASHINGTON Ã¢â‚¬â€ Vice President Joe Biden brushed aside suggestions on Sunday that his Democratic Party would suffer big losses in midterm November elections, saying “we’re going to shock the heck out of everybody.”
Speaking on the ABC News program “This Week,” Biden dismissed the prevailing wisdom that the party of President Barack Obama would suffer a drubbing from the Republicans.
“I don’t think the losses are going to be bad at all,” Biden said. “I think we’re going to shock the heck out of everybody.”
Biden said he was “confident when people take a look at what has happened since we’ve taken office in November and comparing it to the alternative, we’re going to be very — we’re going to be in great shape.”
The vice president said he believes the Obama administration will get credit from voters for helping guide the economy out of recession and passing key legislation on health care and financial reform.
“It’s just going to take time,” he said.
“The election is not until November. And I think we’re going to have to firmly make our case. I think we can make it and especially in the context of who’s going to be opposing us. Compared to the alternative, I think we’re going to get a fair amount of credit by November and I think we’re going to do fine.”
Biden made his remarks after White House spokesman Robert Gibbs was taken to task by congressional Democrats for straying from the party’s talking points last week, saying there was “no doubt” that “there are enough seats in play that could cause Republicans to gain control” of the US legislature.
This video is from ABC’s This Week, broadcast July 18, 2010.