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. Baylady

    Wishing you and your family all the best........

    October 4, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. GOP GO AWAY

    Be with your family Senator Biden and God bless.

    October 4, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. Grace

    God Bless you and your family at this trying time Senator Biden. my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    October 4, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. Sheila

    Sen. Biden, you won the debate, you won our hearts long ago, you've got our prayers during this difficult time.

    Get through this struggle and then back onto the campaign trail where you can look forward to turning your strong lead into a spectacular victory on Nov. 4.

    God Bless.

    October 4, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Smeryl62

    May God support your family, and know that we are all praying for you.

    October 4, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Scott

    Bless you and your family Sen. Biden

    October 4, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. Jbailey

    We are praying for you Vice President Biden

    Obama-Biden 08

    October 4, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. Joe MT

    Peace be with you and your family Senator.

    October 4, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. RSB

    Your priorities are in the right place, Joe. God bless you both.

    October 4, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. tishoogle

    Sen. Biden, we will be praying for your mother-in-law and family!

    October 4, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. Obama FOREVER!!

    Hey Joe! our love, prayers and confort to you and family. You guys are doing pretty well. since family is ideal go take care of that. Barrack will keep the fire burning until ur return. Thank God it is not Failin/mcshame you are leaving behind. Else on ur return, they must have cancelled the whole campaign event.
    Go OBAMA/BIDEN @ 2008

    October 4, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  12. Chitown8

    My family thoughts and prayers are with you Senator.

    October 4, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. Praying for American

    God Bless you and your family.

    Our prayers are with you all

    October 4, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  14. J.MCKINNEY

    Family first our thoughts and prayers are with Joe and Jill Biden .

    October 4, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  15. Peridot, Atlanta

    Our prayers are with you. Do return to the campaign soon, we need you.

    October 4, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. Babs

    The Bidens are in our prayers.

    October 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  17. ines

    Best wishes to the Bidens.

    October 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  18. Inutah

    I'm sending Joe and Jill Biden good thoughts an and prayers from Utah.

    October 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  19. Jason

    Stay strong Joe and Jill.. My thoughts and prayers are with you..

    October 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  20. gEnie

    Senator Biden, we're here for you just take your time with your love ones and i'm sure everything will be okay with your faith.

    October 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  21. Amy in MN

    It's nice to see a politician put his family first in a quiet manner...

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Joe and Jill *hugs*

    October 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  22. Don

    Sen. Biden is such a good man. His values are real, and honest. He cares for his family.
    I have so much respect for him.

    October 4, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  23. MM

    May and you and your family find strength in each other and the prayers of all of us for you.

    October 4, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  24. Kristen

    So sorry to hear that. Our thought are with your wife and you. Give our love to all involved.

    October 4, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  25. David McMahon

    Sen. Biden,
    Our prayers are with you and your entire family.

    October 4, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
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