WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden Wednesday predicted Democrats will hold the House and Senate in November but said Democratic voters need to "get in gear, man".
In an interview on MSNBC, Biden said the strong pull to the right the Tea Party movement has exerted on the Republican Party has caused problems for the GOP, causing it to "hang a shingle saying 'no moderates need apply'".
One day after Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell won the Delaware Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat Biden held before becoming vice president, several Republicans, Democrats and media pundits have suggested O'Donnell's far-right views will make her unelectable in November. Biden, however, said he "wouldn't sell short" the Tea Party-backed candidates who have won GOP primaries.
'We're going to take it very, very seriously," he said. "It's a big mistake not to take it seriously".
He predicted Democrats will "retain control of the House and we are going to retain control of the Senate because when the American people focus on the alternative it's going to be clear to them there is no alternative".