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. I can see clearly

    We're with you, Joe!

    October 4, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. Ray from CA

    Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family, Senator Biden

    October 4, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Dylan

    Joe is the man. Family comes first.

    October 4, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. cristina

    Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    October 4, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. KEATING 5

    Handle your busness Joe.
    See you soon.
    Kind reguards for your Mom-n-Law. God Bless Her and your Family.

    October 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. Republican Woman for Obama

    So sorry to hear that! Our thoughts & prayers are with you Jill and Joe.

    October 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. Sue, MI

    My heart goes out to both Jill and Joe. Those final days of a long illness are so hard to cope with, especially when you are losing a beloved parent. May your family, friends and faith help you cope during this difficult time!

    October 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. Democrat

    I wish them well.

    October 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. Gail in SC

    Thoughts and prayers to Sen. Biden and his wife, Jill. May God keep you in his loving arms and carry you through this difficult time as he has carried you so many times before. God bless you all!

    October 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. Terry / Sumas, Wa / Republican

    Senator Biden,
    My family and I will pray for yours, take care of what is always a first priority and God will be there with you.

    October 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. Lenise

    You did really well in the debate and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 4, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. mid missouri 4 Obama/Biden

    I understand hospice to well Sen and Mrs Biden...My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Warmly,
    Dawn

    October 4, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  13. Pat

    God's comfort be with you and your family through this.

    October 4, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. Pam

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Jill and your entire family, Senator Biden. God Bless!
    (and thank you for the extraordinary debate this past week! You were superb!!)

    October 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. Gia in Los Angeles

    Sending thoughts and prayers to the entire Biden family. Bless you.

    October 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. Sarah....and my last name isn't Palin

    Prayers for your family.

    October 4, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. Independent

    Now that's a reason to suspend a campaign. Our prayers are with you Joe.

    October 4, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  18. Cathy

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Biden family in this difficult time. Family has always been first with Senator Biden; it is no surprise that he demonstrates this in his daily actions.

    October 4, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  19. tatanka

    Joe being a devoted family man needs to be with his family at a time like this. Just wait mccain and palin will have something deroggatory to say about Joe and his family.

    October 4, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Thinking of the Bidens, and Bonnie, God Bless

    October 4, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  21. therealmarie

    Senator Biden is such an honorable man. God Bless him and his family. He will be in my prayers and I hope for the best in his mom-in-law's illness.

    October 4, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  22. Rebecca

    Nice to see at least one of the VP candidates feels it's important to spend time off the campaign trail supporting his family when they have special needs.

    October 4, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  23. Hannah Storm

    My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Biden family at this time. I just recently lost my own grandfather and know how difficult this time can be.

    October 4, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  24. Roz - Arizona 4 Obama

    We are praying for you and your family Senator Biden.

    October 4, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  25. Independent

    Be where you are needed. Always, always ... family first. The rest of America will wait for you. Our prayers are with Mrs. Biden's mother and her family.

    October 4, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
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