With support for the so-called “stimulus” package hovering around 37% at this point, Vice President Biden acknowledged that Democratic representatives could face challengers at the ballot box if they vote in support of the bill.
Story from Washington Wire:
Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged today that Democrats could face political repercussions in 2010 for their support of the $900 billion economic stimulus package.
“But when we do approve it, I’m sure you’re going to be nailed in ads, ‘Well they voted on that’ 30 second ads,” Biden told roughly 200 members of the House Democratic Caucus gathered here for their three day annual retreat. “I promise you as a colleague once said to me, ‘I’ll come campaign for you or against you, whichever will help you the most in your district.’ And so will the president because, again, we’re all in this together.”
The vice president also offered some trademark candor about the prospects of success.
He recalled a recent White House meeting with the president and senior aides in which they were discussing the many challenges the country faces. “If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, there’s still a 30% chance we’re going to get it wrong,” was his message at the meeting.
Biden warned that the consequences were too great for the country to allow politics to prevent action. “The only thing we can get wrong is not reaching a consensus among ourselves…and demonstrating to the American people that we’re thinking small and politically—you House Democrats have not, you’ve thought big,” he said. All but 10 House Democrats voted for the bill.
Exit question: Is it a bad sign when the new administration must acknowledge the chance they’ll lose seats in congress over their first major legislation?