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Greg Orman Denies Biden Claim He Will Caucus With Democrats

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Independent U.S. Senate candidate Greg Orman. (Pool/Reuters/Landov)

By    |   Tuesday, 04 Nov 2014 07:18 PM

Kansas independent Greg Orman won't say with whom he plans to caucus if he wins his election against incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, but Vice President Joe Biden broke the news for him on a Connecticut radio talk show Tuesday: it will be the Democrats.

"We have a chance of picking up an independent who will be with us in the state of Kansas," Biden told WPLR.

Republicans, who have been saying all along that Orman plans to join the Senate Democratic Caucus, were quick to broadcast the clip, reports Politico.

Orman's campaign, quickly moving for some damage control after the vice president's statements, denied Biden's remarks.

"Greg's never spoken to the vice president in his life," campaign manager Jim Jonas said Tuesday. "Greg is an independent, and he's not going to Washington to represent the Democrats or the Republicans."

Earlier in the day, Orman appeared on MSNBC, where he insisted he could vote with either party. However, many Democrats agree that Orman's political leanings, which include pro-abortion rights and comprehensive immigration reform, put him more in line with their party than with Republicans.

Orman has indicated he will caucus with whichever party wins the Senate majority, as has independent Sen. Angus King of Maine, who now caucuses with Democrats.

"I'm going to caucus with whichever party really wants to solve problems in the country," Orman said on MSNBC. "Either party, if they're willing to solve our problems, I'm willing to work with them. In some cases, I agree more with the Republican position on issues, and in other cases I agree more with the Democratic position on issues."

Orman on Tuesday also dodged the question with talk show host Danny Boi, reports The Los Angeles Times, although Boi couched his question a bit differently.

"Are you going to give him a wedgie?" the show host asked Orman, speaking of Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus, who has said it is "impossible" that Orman will caucus with the GOP.

"That comment sort of reminds me of the kid who gets tagged out at third base and then says I'm going to take my ball and go home," Orman said on the show, "Afentra's Big Fat Morning Buzz," which broadcasts from KRBZ in Kansas City.

"At the end of the day, when we get to Washington, we're going to have to work with both sides and we're going to let what's been said in the past stay in the past."

But back on his own radio appearance in Connecticut, Biden was making other predictions beyond Orman, reports Politico, saying Democrats will win many of the nation's neck-and-neck races.

"They will hold the Senate," he said. "I think we win Alaska, which the pundits are saying we lose. I think we win North Carolina, which is a tough race. I think we win New Hampshire, in fact I'm confident we win New Hampshire," he said.

"Nunn is going to win Georgia. I think there will be a runoff probably with Mary Landrieu, although she could win it today in Louisiana. So, I think we're going to end up with 52 about, in that range, Democratic votes."

But not all of Washington is so confident. Back at the White House, Press Secretary Josh Earnest, when asked about Biden's predictions, replied that "the vice president is braver than I am," reports Politico.

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Kansas independent Greg Orman won't say with whom he plans to caucus if he wins his election against incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, but Vice President Joe Biden broke the news for him on a Connecticut radio talk show Tuesday: it will be the Democrats.
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