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Biden: 'Very Optimistic About ... Immigration Reform'

3:59 PM, Nov 7, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Vice President Joe Biden told the press on Air Force Two that he's now  "very optimistic about ... immigration reform."

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"If you take a look at the makeup of the Senate now, I’ve been saying all along, I believe there are a half a dozen Republican senators all along who have been under different circumstances prepared to actually compromise," said Biden, according to the pool report. "We’re going to have to compromise too. It’s not like we’re going to go in and say, this is our deal. Take it or leave it. And I still think that’s there, we’re now 55 seats. I’m assuming, I don’t know that, I’ve traded calls with him but I haven’t spoken to Angus. I don’t know who he’s going to go with. But he’s an open minded guy. And I just think that there’s enough of a mix.

"And the House as well. They’re going to have to take a look at – like we did back when I first got started – take a look at will the same formula work? I feel very optimistic about, in my view, immigration reform. Because as we talked about with most of the Hispanic communities I spoke with over the last month, it played a major role. And that’s got to be a wakeup call for a lot of my Republican colleagues who, like John McCain in the past, wanted to do something but felt – I don’t know what – I don’t know what slowed them finally. But I think it’s a different day. How it’s going to turn out, I don’t know, but the president and I are getting to work.

"As a mater of fact, I’m meeting with him tomorrow at 4 o’clock. We have a national security meeting. So we’re winding it up."

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