Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. took the stage at House Democrats’ retreat on Wednesday to cheers of “Let’s go, Joe!” and a solitary cheer of, “Run Joe, run!”
He dismissed the remark, but told the room he’ll do whatever he can to help Democrats win the House majority in November.
“We have a real opportunity to take back the House,” Biden said, before suggesting there’s a chance Democrats could flip the Senate, too.
Democrats need to gain 24 seats to win a House majority. Democrats must pick up two Senate seats, but are currently defending 10 seats in states President Donald Trump won in 2016.
“It’s a little more of a climb, but it’s real,” Biden said.
“Sometimes you can just feel it, you can taste it. There’s something out there — If we don’t miss this opportunity,” he said.
Biden cited Democratic victories in Virginia and New Jersey last year, as well as Democratic Sen. Doug Jones’ upset in Alabama’s special election. He said Democrats should be able to win in next month’s special election in Pennsylvania.
And then he zeroed in on Trump, admitting he’d largely held his tongue until the president’s comments about the racial violence in Charlottesville, Va., last year.
“We have to stand up for and protect the core values of this nation. They’ve never been under such direct assault as they are today,” Biden said, telling the caucus that world leaders have called him asking, “‘What the hell is going on?’”
“The president’s looking out for himself only,” Biden said, and Republicans are looking out for him. “So it’s our job to remind the American people we’re looking out for them,” he said.