V.P. Biden says Orman “with us”

Kansas Republicans on Tuesday pounced on a comment by Vice President Joe Biden who seemed to indicate that he thinks Greg Orman will align with the Democrats if he wins the U.S. Senate race in Kansas, something that Orman himself has never stated publicly.

During an interview with WPLR-FM in Connecticut, Biden said he thinks Democrats will keep control of the Senate this year. He rattled off a few battleground states where he thinks Democrats will win, including Alaska, North Carolina and New Hampshire.

“And I think we have a chance of picking up an independent who will be with us in the state of Kansas,” Biden said.

Kansas Republican Party chairman Kelly Arnold immediately sent out a news release trumpeting the statement.

Orman has said numerous times during the campaign that he will caucus with whichever party has a clear majority in the Senate. But in the event of a tie – something pundits believe is moderately possible – he would caucus with whichever party is willing to adopt a “problem-solving agenda.”

Orman’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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