November 4th, 2008
05:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Biden's 10-year-old granddaughter meets the press

Democratic vice-presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden votes with his wife, Jill, and mother Jean, in Wilmington, Delaware.
Democratic vice-presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden votes with his wife, Jill, and mother Jean, in Wilmington, Delaware.

From CNN Producer Alexander Marquardt
 
CHICAGO (CNN) - Reporters traveling with Joe Biden Tuesday finally came face to face with the girl they had been hearing about in every single one of her grandfather's campaign speeches in the past two months: Finnegan Biden, the Delaware Senator's 10-year-old granddaughter who wants to be president and urged him to agree to be Barack Obama's running mate.
 
"I subscribe to anything Finnegan says, I have absolute confidence in my granddaughter," said Biden, who joined her in the press section of his campaign plane shortly after Finnegan wandered back and started answering reporters' questions.
 
"She's the one who pushed the hardest for me to be vice president, didn't you," Biden asked the blond-haired girl standing in the aisle of "Pop's" plane, surprised at all the attention being paid to her.
 
Why did she want her grandfather to get the nod?
 
"Well, first, it'd be really cool. And, he and Barack Obama will make a difference," she said.
 
That and the fact that the vice president's mansion in Washington is "a mile and five-tenths" from her house and has a pool.
 
The focus quickly turned to the vice presidential nominee who says that even if his ticket wins Tuesday night, his family life won't change much.
 
"If we were to win I don't know that it would change a lot. In the sense that, just being different locus I guess." The family - 36 members of which are with Biden today - is mostly split between Wilmington, Delaware, and Washington. Biden says those in Wilmington would simply have to make the short trip to DC.
 
When asked if his 91-year-old mother, who lives with him now, would make the move, Biden told CNN that she might. But he quickly reminded the press that he's superstitious and doesn't want to get ahead of himself.
 
"I really am superstitious. And we really have not talked about it. I mean everybody's thinking about it, but no one's, no one's talking about it," said Biden, adding that it's presumptuous to assume one knows what voters will do.

"I know it sounds silly but I really mean it," he continued. "If you notice, all the speeches you've heard me say you've never heard me say 'I believe the American people think.' Never presumed to think for the voters or the American people."
 
After voting in Wilmington Tuesday morning, Biden made a final campaign stop in Richmond, Virginia, where he greeted voters at a polling station. He then flew to Chicago where he will watch the returns come in with his large family at their hotel before joining Obama at their rally in Grant Park.
 
Notably absent is Beau Biden, Biden's eldest son who is about to be deployed to Iraq as a captain in Delaware's National Guard. He was told he could leave his training base in Texas to join his family, but turned it down to stay with his fellow soldiers.
 
"This kid is a different brand of kid," said Biden.
 
With all the questions about the future if he becomes Vice President, Biden says one thing is certain.
 
"Jill said, 'I'll make you a deal,'" said Biden of his wife. "'If you get the vice presidency and get elected, you can get a dog.'"


Filed under: 2008 Election • Joe Biden
soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. Danielle

    I love the Biden family. I can't wait to have him as our next VP. This is America at it's finest.

    November 4, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. Aryn

    Kris... what on earth are you talking about? Here are some tips: Spelling, grammar, and complete thoughts in complete sentences.
    Don't thank me, thank my 3rd grade English teacher.

    November 4, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. dukem_nukem

    Why can't we all just get along?

    November 4, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. SG in SD

    I love this guy!

    O/B TODAY!

    November 4, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. Amy in San Diego

    Exploiting kids? Introducing a granddaughter at the end of the race is a hell of a lot better than parading your 5 children around at all the rallies ala Sarah Palin.

    November 4, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  6. BJ Moritz

    I love our next Vice President. Please adopt a dog from a shelter, Joe!

    November 4, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. Napoleon Solo

    Not only are they whiney, they make no sense:

    "so since he was always talking about her in his speaches why is he exspoliting (sic) little kids."

    LOL

    November 4, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. Lyndon,CA

    More Power to Finnegan. This election is more about you than anyone else!

    November 4, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  9. bob

    lets legalize marijuana

    November 4, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  10. S

    Mike, why didn't you speak up when McCain and Palin were exploiting their sons who are serving in Iraq (something McCain said he would not do). See you Repubs like to point fingers, but you never look at the ones pointing back at cha (wink, wink).

    November 4, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  11. Jackson

    Erm. 10 year old Grandma?

    November 4, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  12. Jonathan

    I suppose the Republicans will attack her comments too as being media biased or maybe she even had connections with Bill Ayers and Rev. Wright, you never know.

    November 4, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  13. Jackson

    Screw. It says granddaughter, I saw an older lady. My bad.

    November 4, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  14. former gop

    God bless Vice President Biden!

    November 4, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  15. Ian

    so what if his granddaughter is with him. he is a family man. his family is what is most important to him and if he shows that there is nothing wrong with it. some people just have to see something negative behind everything.

    November 4, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  16. HogWild

    Mike, talking about your relationship with your grandkids is not exploiting anyone. Using a hard working American's name like "Joe the Plummer" over 20 times in a debate and hundreds of times thereafter is exploitation in the true sense of the word.

    November 4, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  17. Voted for OBAMA on Tuesday in Louisiana

    He's not exploiting her. She's a 10 yr old girl. She wants attention – trust me! Only a few hrs to go! Go O/B! Hope we win!

    November 4, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  18. richkey369

    Love Joe Biden! He exudes warmth, and is grounded, centered with lots of good sense.

    November 4, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  19. Ellen

    Exploiting little kids?? Listen to yourself! Your bitterness has driven you insane!

    November 4, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  20. Que Quedas

    did anyone hear how mc Cain plans to change sports if he could.......just a bid group of whiners if I ever heard of such a thing.......he is going after people that used performance enhancing drugs.......the repubs always wanna be the police......and spend money......Obama just wants a college playoff which is understandable.....and it will help the economy.........i voted for Obama/Biden and I feel great

    November 4, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  21. felita williams

    i am not voting for obama because he is black, i am voting for him because i believe it is time for a change and he and biden are the change makers. and that's the colorful truth!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  22. Reply to simple_kris

    Why so much anger "simple_kris" ?

    November 4, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  23. John Sweeney

    If the country had more people Like Joe in office this would be a much nicer place to live. Here is a man with real family values that has raised his family to love and serve thier country.

    This is the kind of leader we all say we want.

    November 4, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  24. David

    What a stupid comment. Exploiting kids-he's showing us how proud he is of his granddaughter. He's looks to me like a proud grandfather-the proud grandfather that obviously is.

    Why, why such comments Mike Jacobs in Mesa, Arizona?

    Quit with the negativity, please!

    November 4, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  25. Kay

    He loves his granddaughter and is proud of her and that's why he was talking about her. Do you even know what exploitation is? Why are republicans so angry negative?

    November 4, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
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