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. acamp

    Our prayers are with you and your family during this time.

    October 4, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  2. New_Dem

    May god bless you and your family, Senator. My father's last days were spent in a hospice in Pennsylvania. The people at the hospice facilities are absolute saints. Your mother-in-law will be in hands guided by god.

    October 4, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. Al Ram

    Mr. and Mrs. Biden and family....our prayers are with you.

    October 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  4. Joshua College Station Texas

    Best wishes to Joe and his family at this time.

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

    Wish her quick recovery.... best wishes.

    October 4, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. cmc

    My prayers are with you,Senator Biden. This is a article about a sick family member, not politcal fodder. Please respect this man whether you agree with him or not.

    October 4, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. Bruce

    May god keep her close. I wish you the best.

    October 4, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. Simmy

    Prayers with you and your family Sen, Biden. Stay strong and encouraged, you have a wonderful family and a concerned nation holding you up.

    October 4, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  9. Cris Madrigal

    Biden were glad that you believe that Family is better then Politics. Hope everything turns out fine.

    October 4, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  10. Mary Ann

    Dear Senator and Mrs. BIden. We lost a loved one today who was in hospice care. Please know we are praying for your family. We think of you as family.

    October 4, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  11. MLH

    Senator and Mrs. Biden, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

    October 4, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  12. bobbi

    our prayers are with you.

    October 4, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  13. Jann in Denver

    Joe is doing the right thing by cancelling to support his mother-in-law and his wife and family. This is real family values.

    October 4, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  14. pat MO

    Our thoughts are with you, Sen. Biden. Again you demonstrate the importance of family.

    October 4, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  15. David and Diane Friese

    To the Biden family,

    During this moment our thoughts are with your family!

    David and Diane

    October 4, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  16. gg

    God Bless you and your family Senator Biden.

    October 4, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  17. Mary - PA

    Sen. Biden, our prayers are with your mother-in-law and your family.

    October 4, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  18. Jan

    My prayers to you and your family, Sen. Biden.

    October 4, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  19. Amy

    So sad to hear. Best wishes Joe, Jill and the entire family.

    October 4, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  20. emily

    Bless you and your family Senatoe Biden

    October 4, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  21. Deborah from NC

    Having just experienced the same thing with my mother two years ago, my prayers are with the Biden family. It is heart-rending to lose a mother, but hospice is such a blessing. Prayers and hugs!

    October 4, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  22. No Country For Old Men

    Joe you are a good man. God bless you and your family.
    Our prayers are also with you.

    October 4, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  23. Ellen4Obama

    Joe, you are my hero. Having been in the same place (as both a daughter and a daughter-in-law) my heart hopes you, Jill and your family know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    October 4, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  24. Carole

    My prayers are with the Biden family.

    October 4, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  25. Jonathan

    We're all praying for you and your family, Sen. Biden.

    October 4, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
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