In an interview with MSNBC's Morning Joe Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden expressed optimism about health care reform despite recent setbacks. He also spoke rather positively about his former colleague, Joe Lieberman, even in the wake of his latest obstructionist move.
When asked about the Connecticut senator, Biden responded that "Joe is a great guy," and that he wouldn't question his motives. He continued:
"I think Joe's judgment is wrong in this, but you've seen it across the board. You know, Joe, you and I both served in the Congress, great big bill coming up, everybody figures their maximum point of leverage is right before the deal's made. So you got everybody lining up out there saying 'if I just am willing to hold out now I'll get everything I want.'"
The vice president tried to play down the significance of Lieberman's last minute flip-flop on Medicare buy-in proposals. "In ever major initiative, this is the norm rather than the exception," Biden said.
"Look, I'm confident that Joe is gonna see the light, I'm confident Joe's gonna vote for a final bill here, but there's an awful lot of gamesmanship going on right now," Biden said. Though he seemed positive, Biden did add that he believed "if health care does not pass in this Congress... it's gonna be kicked back for a generation."
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