Vice President Joe Biden on Friday pumped up House Democrats by assuring them that voters are on their side this midterm election year.
“I can’t think of a time when the issues that most affect the American people, most affect the middle class — overwhelmingly, overwhelmingly they support us,” Biden said at a House Democratic caucus retreat.
“The American people agree with us 55 percent on marriage equality. Overwhelmingly they agree with us on pay equity,” he said. “And even 55 percent is all the difficulties you’re facing now with the ACA, 55 percent of the American people don’t want to see it repealed.”
The remarks echoed an interview Biden gave to CNN last week, in which he said that he’s optimistic about Democrat’s chances in this year’s midterm elections.
“One thing they say on every major issue: the public agrees between 51 and 70 percent with the position taken by the President of the United States and the Democratic Party,” he told CNN. “You give me a chance to have all the issues my way, or have popularity at the moment — I’ll take the issues. That’s what’s going to win.”
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at email@example.com.