Biden cautions against overconfidence

October 18, 2008 2:57:22 PM PDT
Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden says he's optimistic that Barack Obama will be the next president, but he's warning supporters not to be too confident. The Delaware senator spoke to Democratic donors Saturday at a fundraising lunch at the California home of former state Controller Steve Westly.

Biden noted that Democrats Al Gore and John Kerry were also well ahead in polls just week before Election Day in 2000 and 2004, but both lost their presidential contests to President Bush.

He says Democrats shouldn't underestimate the effect of "virulent attacks" from Republicans.

Biden is also scheduled to attend fundraisers today in San Francisco and the East Bay suburb of Piedmont.

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