Biden to Democrats: Don't apologize

Vice President Joe Biden says his central message to Democrats is not to apologize for the party

FILE - In this May 3, 2013 file photo, Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the South Carolina Democratic parties Jefferson Jackson Dinner in Columbia, SC. Biden may run for president in 2016, or he may not. But he wants you to know he could. Iowa. New Hampshire, South Carolina. Michigan. Three years out from the next presidential election, the vice president is polishing his connections and racking up favors in all the right states to ensure he stays part of the conversation, keeping his name near the top of a list of likely contenders even if the prime spot seems to have already been claimed by Hillary Rodham Clinton. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden says his central message to Democrats is not to apologize for the party's policies heading into the 2014 midterm election.

Biden is addressing state party chairmen at a Democratic National Committee summit. He says he's tired of hearing about the demise of the Democratic Party.

Biden says Democrats are too shy. He says they're not talking enough about what they believe. He says if Democrats do that, they'll win.

Biden's comments come as Democrats are defending themselves against Republican attacks over President Barack Obama's unpopular health care law.

The vice president says he and Obama will do everything they can to raise money for Democrats and help them in their races. He says he's agreed to participate already in more than 120 races.


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