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. Tamarra

    God bless and prayers will be sent up for your family.

    October 4, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. benedict

    my prayers goes to the woman senator biden is a man of honour may the lord be with you and your entire family.

    October 4, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. mart

    We love you Joe and Jill. The prayers of my entire family are with you. God bless you for your sincererity and authenticity. The other side has been trying to fake it, and we can read through...........we wish you all the best

    October 4, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. The high road

    FIRST I WOULD APPRECIATE HAVING MY COMMENTS POSTED.

    TO SEN. AND MRS. BIDEN AND THEIR FAMINLY MY WIFE AND I WILL PRAY FOR YOUR STRENGTH AND COURAGE DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU AND BRING YOU PEACE.

    October 4, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. Charlotte

    Didn't someone make a comment about Sarah having family obligations? My best regards to Senator Biden and his family, no one should be expected to forget about their families, inorder to serve their country.

    October 4, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. Cynthia

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

    October 4, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. Generation X

    Biden did great in the debate against stupid Ms. Alaska!!!

    October 4, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. EWHATLEY

    You and you family is in our prayers, Sen & Mrs Biden.

    October 4, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. Nepali for Obama

    I hope nasty and ditriest attacks without any base by lipsticks used by McShame will leave Senator Biden respecting this as a "Family Privacy"

    We join hands and our prayers for his mother-in-law and his family.

    Peace.

    October 4, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. Ms. G

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Senator Biden. May God brings you and your family comfort. God bless you.

    October 4, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. Norma Jensen

    Wanted to compliment you on the debate. You won hands down, with a very professional, and kind way considering the very unqualified opponent for the national stage.

    My husband, 3 years ago had hospice (a wonderful group) at our home, so my heart goes out to your family at this most difficult time.

    October 4, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. Joy Bartlett

    My prayers are there for both Joe, Jill and the Biden family members during this difficult time.

    October 4, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. Lisa

    God bless and I hope things turn out better than expected.

    October 4, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. first time voter

    Best wish's to you and your family Mr. Biden

    October 4, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  15. Boston Bean

    May GOD speed her recovery as we pray for you and your family. GOD BLESS

    October 4, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  16. Griff

    I have added I was Serving my Country In Kenya at the time.. It was not my fault I never made it Home.. That was back in 1959...
    STILL DON'T WANY ANY SYMPATHY... More to do WITH WHT THIS ADD IN AN ELECTION YEAR????????????????

    October 4, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  17. K. Smith

    it is clear that Senator Biden cares for his family and is putting his families needs first, unlike Sarah Palin who seems to enjoy parading her family and all their problems around for everyone to see.
    Which of these two candidates is exhibiting a Christ like life?
    Which would you call a Christain?
    May our Lord, Jesus, comfort the Biden family

    October 4, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. sophia nyc

    May she get well soon.

    October 4, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. liteitup50

    My thoughts and prays are with at this difficult time. May you remain strong and may the hands of God engulf you and your family. God Bless you all.
    Anne

    October 4, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. yeah right

    God bless you and your family Sen. and Dr. Biden. We pray that God would guide you all through this difficult time.

    October 4, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  21. Victoria Martin

    Sen. Biden, May God be with you and your family at this time.

    October 4, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. aj new york

    My prayers are with you and your family in your time of need, God blesses Senator Joe Biden

    October 4, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. Meridith

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

    October 4, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  24. Dems 08

    We hope she is better, we need you Joe!

    October 4, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  25. Pat

    Thinking of you , your wife and family at this sad time with the ill health of your Mother-in-law. You truly are a family man to be proud of.

    October 4, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
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