In a single campaign event Wednesday in San Francisco, Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. predicted hometown Rep. Nancy Pelosi would become speaker of the House again and the hometown 49ers would lose to the New York Giants.
Speaking at a fundraiser that pulled in as much as $1.1 million in the city’s financial district, Mr. Biden told supporters, “We are soon to have Speaker Pelosi. All we need is 25 seats, and we never expected to get so much help from the Republicans.”
He said unemployment would be closer to 7 percent nationally instead of 8.5 percent if House Republicans had not blocked large portions of President Obama’s $447 billion jobs bill last year.
The vice president then went on to tell San Franciscans that “the Giants [are] on their way to the Super Bowl,” which elicited good-natured boos from the crowd of about 110 at the Bently Reserve conference center. The Giants face the 49ers Sunday at Candlestick Park in the NFC championship game.
Mr. Biden quickly apologized, according to a pool reporter who attended the event, saying he is used to talking about the San Francisco Giants baseball team’s victories. He went on to talk about the “49ers on their way” to the championship.