October 5th, 2008
09:46 AM ET
6 years ago

Biden cancels events as mother-in-law battles illness

Sen. Biden looked on as his wife, Jill, introduced him recently in Wisconsin.
Sen. Biden looked on as his wife, Jill, introduced him recently in Wisconsin.

(CNN) - Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Joe Biden is cancelling his campaign events for Saturday and Sunday as his mother-in-law battles a serious illness.

The Senator from Delaware's campaign spokesman, David Wade, put out a statement saying "the campaign has cancelled Sen. Biden's schedule today and tomorrow because of a serious illness in Jill Biden's family. Hospice has advised the Bidens to remain close by, and we appreciate everyone's respect for the family's privacy."

Wade is referring to Biden's wife's mother, Bonny Jacobs, who is in a hospice in Pennsylvania.

Biden was scheduled to speak in Washington D.C. and then attend a fund-raiser in the nation's capitol Saturday night. Sunday he was expected to campaign in Virginia.


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soundoff (249 Responses)
  1. Cuban-mami-4-OBAMA

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Sen. Biden.

    October 4, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. Liz AZ

    Praying for you and your family, Sen. Biden.

    October 4, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    God bless the Biden family.

    October 4, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  4. TexicoFrom Mexico

    Yes family is so much more important than trying to fight the lies and smears of a lying stinking PIG from Alaska.

    Our prayers are with you and your family Joe!

    Veterans for Obama

    October 4, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  5. Elizabeth - Wise County - TEXAS

    God Bless the Biden family.

    October 4, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. A Voice from Texas - Lee

    Yes Joe we all have you in our prayers

    October 4, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. GOP HYPOCRITS

    Wishing you God's sufficient grace in your time of grief Senator Biden.

    October 4, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. cecil

    Take Care Joe!

    October 4, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. Sam in Seattle

    May God bless you and your family, especially during this time. Our thoughts and prayers are filling the Universe for all of you.

    October 4, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. Tell Mom to get better

    In the Obama campaign we treat everyone like family-Even John McCain and Sarah Palin.

    I hope Jill's mother gets better. Joe hope to see you back out soon. Take care and may god bless the Bidens.

    Thanks,

    Jackson Family in FL

    October 4, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. Mrs. Texas Teacher!

    Senator Biden, I know how this feels. You simply cannot focus on anything else when a loved one is getting ready to cross over. You know they are going to the better place, but you also know how very much you will miss them. You are doing the right thing to support your family at this time. I respect that.

    Wonder what the other side will say. How will they use this to benefit themselves? I'm becoming a cynic!

    October 4, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. mother of three girls

    MORE THAN ANY TIME I FEEL THAT OBAMA CHOIC FOR BIDEN WAS THE BEST ... THE PERSON WHO CARE ABOUT HIS FAMILY WILL CARE ABOUT US BECAUSE WE WILL BE HIS BIG FAMILY ... WE WISH HIS MOTHER IN LAW THE BEST ...
    OBAMA / BIDEN 08

    October 4, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  13. Zion

    God Bless.

    October 4, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  14. Bowie-MD-all4OBAMA

    may God bless and keep your family

    October 4, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. PA-MOM-4-OBAMA

    Stay strong as you always have. You'll have an angel on your shoulder going forward.

    October 4, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. carlos

    you will always be a leader

    October 4, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  17. TJ Johnson

    Biden will drop out of the race just like we predicted so that O'Bomber can bring in Hillary.

    October 4, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  18. Joe

    May the Good Lord be with your family and may he bless each one of you.

    October 4, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. Audrey

    We will be praying for your family Sen. Biden.

    October 4, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. Jon

    Joe, you've got character. Best wishes to you and your family.

    October 4, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. gene

    There are no comments posted yet... but I'll say this... If anyone tries to compare Biden's reason to stopping campaigning while defending McCain's... you deserve to burn in hell.

    October 4, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  22. maripil

    I pray and hope for Sen. Biden's mother-in-law's quick recovery and bless her heart!! Sen. Biden is a true gentleman and a respectable government official who never took advantage of his powerful position. As a matter of official record he is one of the poorest senators serving in the senate if not the poorest! May God bless Sen. Biden!

    October 4, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  23. barbara goehring

    My prayers are with you and your family. You were GREAT in the debate.!!!!

    October 4, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  24. jackie4Obama/Biden

    Our family is praying for you Sen. Biden and family

    October 4, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  25. KB from Phoenix, AZ

    Take care of your family...

    Our prayers are with you!

    October 4, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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