(WILMINGTON, DEL.) - Joe Biden temporarily halted his preparations for tomorrow's vice presidential debate to head back to Washington in anticipation of a Senate vote on an economic rescue package.
Biden left his debate prep site at a Wilmington hotel early this afternoon to make a stop at home, where he said he'd look over the economic plan that's been proposed.
"I haven't read the package yet but my anticipation is I'm going to vote yes," said Biden.
Yesterday, Biden was asked if he thought Congress could reach an agreement on a package, which the House failed to do Monday, sending the Dow on a record plunge.
"I hope so," he said. "We need to."
While Biden said little to reporters, he talked to lunchtime patrons at a Wilmington restaurant about concerns over the bill.
"The bottom line is, this $700 billion bailout, if it works the right way, it's all paid back. It's not…a $700 billion dollar check. It's like we did, remember, when the savings and loan went under. What happened, we set up this thing, we bought the bad loans, when the market came back, we sold it and made a profit and treasury made a profit," said Biden.
Biden seemed to stop short of criticizing Republicans who voted against the bill, saying, "The way we're making it sound now and what our Republican friends are saying is, 'we're not gonna bail…' I mean, it's people's jobs."
133 Republicans in the House of Representatives voted against the bill, as did 95 Democrats.
The Senate's vote tonight could send the bill back to the House for a revote, which could happen by the end of the week.