While it’s not surprising that Vice President Joe Biden supports Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway‘s bid for the U.S. Senate, it is interesting that he singled Conway out while predicting surprising wins for Democrats.

Biden talked with Politico during a recent trip to Baghdad. On the subject of the November elections, the Vice President said the Democrats will likely stay strong in the Senate.

“I think we can beat Rand Paul — absolutely,” Biden said. “I think we’re going to do a great deal better than anyone gives us credit for. I do not see this grand debacle. Because by the time people walk into the booth, they’re going to have to choose between two people.”


1) “I mean this in a literal sense — it’s going to sound partisan, but I mean it literally: I know what the Republicans are against. I have no notion of what they’re for. Now, I’m not being facetious now. I don’t know what their answer is, when they talk about taking down health care. Well, what are they for? I’ve gone into almost 70 races so far to campaign for Democrats — governor, Senate, Congress etc.”

2) “They’re going to take a look at and see that the president kept his word getting troops home, which will give them more confidence in the foreign policy he set.”

3) “We’re going to continue to grow the economy. One month will not a determination make. We’re going to range — on average, by the time we get to Election Day — probably between 100,000 and 200,000 job creation a month. That’s not enough. But people are going to get the confidence that we at least have the ship moving in the right direction.”

4) “I also think you’re going to see that all the things that they worried about with regard to health care are turning out not to be true. It’s turned out to be fairly popular.”

The vice president was asked whether this election cycle reminds him of an earlier one.

“The answer is ‘no,’” he said. “It started to remind me — in its worst sense, it reminded me initially of 1972, when I ran, when the Democratic Party was getting clobbered nationally. But we actually picked up seats in the Senate, and I won — in a year we weren’t supposed to win. … I know everyone tries to draw lessons — and I do, too — by going back and comparing it to different cycles.