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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  1. Carol, NC for Obama

    My prayers are with you Senator Biden and your family. God Bless.

    October 4, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. ANGIE

    Senator Biden you and your wonderful family are in my prayers

    October 4, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. Linda--Nebraska

    Please care for family first, Senator and Mrs Biden!! It is one of the things we love about you–your family is of top priority and always has been. We will all hold the fort for you till you can come back.

    October 4, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. Keisha M.

    Senator Biden, we'll keep your family in our prayers.

    October 4, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. Anne

    Our prayers are with your wife, Jill, and family, and with you, Senator.
    Blessed be.

    October 4, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. I Invented the McMuffin... and fire

    Bless you and your family in this difficult time. You are an honorable man Mr. Biden

    October 4, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. big_puppy

    Sen. Obama appreciates you, Sen. Biden and he can and will hold down the campigan until your family has the time it needs to deal with your wife's mother. Our prayers are with you and the family.

    October 4, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. allen

    My prayers go out to the Biden family. May God Bless and keep you.

    October 4, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. Joseph Adewole

    We are there with you Joe, it shall be well with your family.....The Lord is your stength

    October 4, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. ohio

    god bless her ADN YOU BUDEN!!!!!!!!

    October 4, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. John Flatt & Joyce Bator (Flatt)

    Jill –

    Our thoughts are with you and Joe at tis difficult time.

    Sincerely,
    Joyce & John

    October 4, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. Adele from Philadelphia

    Our prayers are with the Senator and his family

    October 4, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. rosangel..change that im waiting for

    WE ARE ALL WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY VICE-PRESIDENT. WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOUR FAMILY. GOD BLESS AND GOD BLESS AMERICA

    October 4, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. Pray together

    From my family to yours Sen. (Mr.) .Biden. God Bless. By the way you did very well during your debate with Gov. Palin.

    October 4, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. ncharge

    God Bless You Sen. Biden... We stand with you, your family and Obama.

    We rid ourselves of Palin/Todd along with McCain since she doesn't acknowledge she is running with McCain. Wink! Wink! You Betcha!

    McCain better be careful because Sarah and First Dude is planning to pull a fast one on him... First Dude run's Alaska and Sarah sits back and enjoy the spotlight so she doesn't have to think more than our children in the 6th grade.

    God Bless You Sen. Biden!

    October 4, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. Kathleen

    Even though I support the McCain/Palin ticket I do send my prayers and thoughts out to the Biden family. God Bless.

    October 4, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. 1love

    May the peace of the Lord be with you. You and your family are in my prayers.

    October 4, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. Heather, Cleveland, OH

    Joe and Jill,
    I'm so sorry to hear of this. Good luck to you both. You are in my prayers.

    October 4, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. JImmy in California

    You go and care for your family Joe. Things will be just fine until you return. We will keep you all in our prayers.

    October 4, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. KCKatwoman

    My husband and I are thinking about you and your family at this time. Our hearts go out to you and we wish you peace. While McCain is basking in some retreat in the Arizona sun, you are forced to deal with hospice and stay "close" to your family. We admire you. You are the true America family spirit; we don't see you leaving your wife in her time of need as did McCain.

    October 4, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. not-pure-bred 04

    Our prayers and thoughts are wiht you and your family. May you feel the angels at your side.

    October 4, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. Lee

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

    October 4, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. precilla dreams

    sen.biden stay strong during this very trying time,we all give you,jill and the rest of your family, all of our thoughts and prayers. and may god bleess all of you. obama/biden we are with you.

    October 4, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  24. Kevin

    as if joe hasn't been through enough already ...

    hang in there joe

    October 4, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. Debbie

    Senator Biden is a man who has his priorities in line. Our thoughts are with him and Jill.

    October 4, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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