Former Vice President Joe Biden addressed an audience at Chatham House in London today, predicting that the 2018 midterm elections Nov. 6 will result in Democratic dominance.
“I predict to you the Democrats will win 40 seats in the House. And I predict to you there’s a slightly better than even chance we win the Senate,” said Biden.
He went on to emphasize the importance of the elections, calling them a battle for the soul of America.
“President Trump is the only president – and I’ve been there for nine now – who when things are going very well in terms of the economy, his numbers aren’t going up,” said Biden.
Biden’s comments fall in a week where President Trump’s job approval ratings sit at a grim 43 percent.
While Biden neither confirmed nor denied the possibility of him running for president in 2020 in his speech, he did speak confidently of other democrats whose names have been considered as potential candidates; he also lambasted Trump on his foreign policy.
He spoke of strained relations between the U.S. and Europe, trade tensions, and the administration’s “phony nationalism.”
“Not a single aspiring candidate that I can think of for the nomination, and I am not one of them at this point, does not have a better understanding and formulation of American foreign policy than President Trump,” said Biden.
Biden’s prediction of Democratic wins in the house and senate leading to a positive future for both foreign and domestic policy flies in the face of Trumps darker prediction, should Biden’s predictions ring true.
“A Democratic takeover of Congress will plunge our country into gridlock and chaos and take away all of the wealth that you’ve earned over the last 20 months,” said Trump as he stumped for Republican candidates in Tennessee.
Trump continued, claiming a Democratic win would result in a falling stock market and with it the disappearance of individual 401(k) investments as well as skyrocketing taxes and an inflation in crime.
The London prediction is not the first time that Biden predicted Democratic wins. Last month, he and his wife Dr. Jill Biden, sat down with the Today Show to discuss a number of matters, one of which was the 2018 midterm elections where he said Democrats would take both the House and the Senate.
Biden has not ruled out a presidential run himself, but will not make a final decision until after the Nov. 6 elections are in the books.
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Rachel Lucio is a freelance writer in Austin, TX. She has been writing professionally since 1991, and has covered state, local and national government for more than a decade.