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. yvonne coffey

    Our prayers are with you Senator Biden, and Jill

    October 4, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. stephen

    Yeah, our thought and prayers are with him in this trying moment when the economy is in shumble.I wish her a speedy recovery and well being.

    October 4, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. Lisa, MD

    Thoughts and Prayers are with you and family :-)

    October 4, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. Diana Ewing NJ

    Senator Biden, as many years ago, you make the right choice.. You again have made the correct choice to stand by your family.... you and your wife will have our prayers and respect...

    Your choices are why we want you in the Washington for us all... Family First as we are part of your family

    October 4, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. Derek

    Joe be with your family You are going to win anyway! And the world will be a better place..

    October 4, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. Watermann

    America, why are there no more comments? Don`t you recognize any more a trustworthy and honest human being among all those hate mongers?

    October 4, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. Jill-IN

    I have lost both of my elderly parents in the past 18 months and know that no matter what the age or circumstances it is always hard to say goodbye. My prayers are with Jill Biden and her family.

    October 4, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. Leah,Texas

    Senator Biden, you and your family are in our prayers.

    October 4, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. Marie

    This is a man with a clear sense of priority. I respect and admire him. He is as qualified to be President as he is VP. He truly has an understanding of the average American, because he has been there. His record shows that he means what he says. He is a man of honor and integrity, and a great family man. I will pray for him and his family as he goes through this sad and difficult time.

    October 4, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. Melissa

    That is a real family values kind of man.

    Best wishes for health and healing.

    October 4, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. Tracey

    yes, my family's thoughts and prayers are with you, too.

    October 4, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. Stacy Clarks, TX

    My thoughts with you and your family senator!!!

    much love!!

    October 4, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  13. muffy

    God be with Jill's mother. It is so sad that she is so ill at this time in your life. You are both such wonderful people and I pray for you.

    October 4, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. Flag Fan

    May the Lord grant you and your family peace through this challenging time.

    Blessings.

    October 4, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  15. David E for Obama/Biden

    my thoughts and prayers are with Jill, Joe & their families

    October 4, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. clinton

    Family first, just the way it should be. God Bless

    October 4, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. Michael-4 Obama/ Biden

    Our thought and prayers are with you and your family, Sen. Biden..God bless you and yours...

    October 4, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. Clinton Democrat for Obama

    Here come the angry right-wingers who are going to claim how this is a planned effort to get Sen. Biden off the ticket and Sen. Ciinton on the ticket...

    Like President Clinton says, "I love Joe Biden," and Sen. Biden made Gov. Palin look more empty and out of her league than she was during the interviews with Katie Couric

    October 4, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  19. Justice

    Joe Biden symbolizes strength and faith on so many levels. May God Bless him and his family.

    October 4, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  20. It is Obama-Biden in 2008 and 2012

    I pray that in all respects you [ Sen. Biden, his mother-in-law, and Jill Biden and the family ] may prosper and be in good health, just as your [ their ] soul prospers. – 3 John 2:1

    October 4, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. Julie

    Prayers of comfort for your family during this difficult time, Senator Biden.

    October 4, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  22. Felines for Freedom

    Family first. Now that's refreshing. His counterpart has a pregnant unwed teen and an infant with congenital defects but she has not canceled appearances. I love the GOP idea of family values.

    Best wishes to your mother-in-law and son, Senator Biden.

    October 4, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. Debbie

    My family and I hold you and your family in thought and prayer Senator Biden as you face this dificult and sad time.

    October 4, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. Sunday Alabi

    Take care of your family. You and your family are in pur prayers.

    October 4, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. Canadians for Obama

    My God be with you, Jill and Family...thoughts and prayers!

    October 4, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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