Biden says Dems should 'run on what we believe'

Vice President Biden looked to rally Democrats ahead of the 2014 elections, telling lawmakers and political operatives that the party can prevail if they focus on promoting their policy objectives.

"If we run on what we believe, if we run on our value set, which happens to be totally where the American people happen to be ... we will win," Biden told attendees gathered at the Democratic National Committee's winter meeting in Washington.

Biden said he was "tired of hearing about the demise of the Democratic party."


"Why are we 'in trouble,' as the popular, conventional wisdom is now?" Biden asked.

The vice president went to reel off a series of issues, from immigration reform to gun control to gay marriage, where a majority of Americans agree with the position of the Democratic Party.

"I think we should not apologize for a single thing," Biden said. "We should go out and flatly lay out in each of the races ... this is who we are. This is what we stand for."

Democrats are facing an uphill battle in their quest to pick up House seats and protect their Senate majority in the fall. In the House, Republicans kept their majority in 2012 despite President Obama's reelection — and Democratic House candidates earning more than 1 million more votes nationwide. This year, the president won't be on the top of the ticket to drive voters, and polls show he could be a hindrance in many places.

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