"Reports of our demise are premature," Biden said in an interview with POLITICO as he wrapped up his surprise Fourth of July trip to Baghdad.
Biden predicted a victory for the Democratic candidate in conservative Kentucky, where the GOP nominee is Rand Paul, son of former presidential candidate Ron Paul.
"I think we can beat Rand Paul - -absolutely," Biden said. "I think we're going to do a great deal better than anyone gives us credit for. I do not see this grand debacle. Because by the time people walk into the booth, they're going to have to choose between two people."
Ditto for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.): "Yes. I give him a 55 percent chance or better."
The vice president spelled out four reasons he thinks Democrats will do better than expected:
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