January 25th, 2010
01:39 PM ET
4 years ago

Biden's son will not seek Delaware Senate seat

Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden said Monday he will not seek the U.S. Senate seat once held by his father, Vice President Joe Biden.
Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden said Monday he will not seek the U.S. Senate seat once held by his father, Vice President Joe Biden.

Washington (CNN) – Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden said Monday he will not seek the U.S. Senate seat once held by his father, Vice President Joe Biden.

"I cannot and will not run for the United States Senate in 2010," Biden said in an e-mail to supporters Monday. "I will run for re-election as Attorney General."

Biden's decision ends months of speculation that he would make a bid for the seat held by 36 years by his father and gives Republicans a strong chance to pick up a seat long held by the Democrats. Their likely nominee, Mike Castle, is Delaware's at-large congressman and a former two-term governor of the state.

"The challenges we're facing as a country are extraordinarily difficult," the younger Biden wrote in the e-mail. "The economy. Jobs. Health care. Energy. Education. Climate change. Financial regulation. Foreign policy. These are not only the issues of the moment - they're the issues that will determine our children's future. And as someone who has had the privilege of serving with the bravest men and women on this planet, I care deeply about how we treat our returning veterans and how we resolve our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"I feel strongly about these issues," he continued. "However, my first responsibilities are here in Delaware. I have a duty to fulfill as Attorney General – and the immediate need to focus on a case of great consequence. And that is what I must do."

Biden's seat is currently held by Ted Kaufman, who was named as an interim replacement for Joe Biden when he stepped down from the Senate after his election in November 2008 as vice president.

National Republicans cheered Monday's news out of Delaware.

"Clearly, Beau Biden's decision not to run for the United States Senate represents a major recruiting setback for national Democrats, who have been counting on his candidacy to keep the Vice President's former seat in Democrat control," said Brian Walsh, spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. "Regardless of his eventual Democrat opponent, Mike Castle's proven record of independence and bipartisanship puts him in a strong position to win this seat in November."

UPDATE: Kaufman also said Monday he will not run for the seat.

"Serving the people of Delaware in the U.S. Senate is as fulfilling, challenging, and humbling as I imagined when I was appointed," Kaufman said in a statement released by his Senate office. "But as I said at the time, I will not seek election for the balance of the term. I will continue to spend my time as Senator serving the people of Delaware and our nation and not running for office. It is a commitment I made when appointed, and one I will fulfill."

– CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Peter Hamby contributed to this report


Filed under: 2010 • Beau Biden • Delaware • Mike Castle • Popular Posts • Senate
soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Good luck Mr. Castle. You'll be in my prayers.

    January 25, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  2. Bye bye Beau.......

    enough Bidens.......enough socialists......

    January 25, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  3. El Kababa

    Bummer. Good Democrats won't run because they are afraid to lose. There are no good Republicans. Red alert! The ship of state needs all hands to their duty stations.

    January 25, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. Gale

    Gee, I'll bet he knows something the other Democrats haven't even realized yet! DUH

    January 25, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Smart move......the Dems are not likely to do well, in 2010.

    January 25, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. spencer blair

    "However, my first responsibilities are here in Delaware. I have a duty to fulfill as Attorney General..."

    Translation: "If I ran, I would probably get my butt kicked."

    January 25, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. D.

    Given how the last democrat attorney general did in MA, his decision is understood!

    January 25, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. awaitingmoderationby CNN

    Do you thnk the Dimocwats will finally get the message that their are no hereditary seats in this country and stop acting like they are the peerage in Great Britain?

    January 25, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. Marty Benedict

    This is great news for us Replublicans.this is the start for the return of control back to our party!

    January 25, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  10. steve

    Good, we didn't need a Kennedy Seat and we certainly do not need a Biden seat.

    January 25, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    That makes it harder for the Democrats to retain the Senate seat. It seems that Mike Castle will be the next Senator from Delaware unless there is some good candidate to run. Recent Democratic candidates have been outright awful (Corzine in NJ, Coakly in MA).

    January 25, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. lifelong democrat

    I don't blame Beau, if I were on his shoes, I'd do the same thing; our party have made a terrible mess in one year's time controlling congress, senate and Whitehouse. You've made the right decision Beau. Our party has nothing to be proud of. housing biggest sale decline in 40 years was last December 17.5%. It would be stupid to run for anyone under democrat ticket this year, the people are very angry, that anger pointed at all democrats especially Obama occupying the WH; out of control spending, out of control borrowing, expansion of government, taking over car industry and banks. This is all BAD news for the democrats seeking re-election and those running for election.

    January 25, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  13. Dutch the Great

    Handle your business Beau.

    January 25, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. Texas Jack

    It would do him no good except losing a lot of his money and the people foolish enough to contribute to him.

    January 25, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  15. Scott, Tucson

    Well maybe Beau should switch political parties and run as a Republican to ensure a win 2010.

    January 25, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  16. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    It is a rare republican who exhibits bipartisanship and independence, and Castle is not one of them. He follows the same party line crap that idiot Boehner and Fox cram down his throat.

    January 25, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  17. Connie Brighten

    The son gives more to this country than his hyper-political father does.

    January 25, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  18. Monster Zero

    Smart move Beau, America would not only say NO but HELL NO to more of the status quo nepotism within our elected rank and file. We want, no, we DEMAND a change from the status quo corrupt special interest serving system we have all grown to love that best serves themselves and not our Nation!

    January 25, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  19. Dave

    Kennedy's seat flipped Republican and now Bidens seat? 2010 is starting to look better then 1994.

    Hopefully Ozero will campaign for more "Close" seats and hand the republicans more wins. If i were a democrat running in a close election, i would tell the empty suit to stay AWAY!

    January 25, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  20. Who said the Mayans were wrong?

    Delaware is owned by the chemical giants like Duponts and Monsanto.The people representing these states can soon start wearing nascar type jump suits with company logos.The peoples voices will no longer matter.We dont have to worry about socialism when we have given away our rights to the Corpocracy.

    January 25, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  21. Fair is Fair

    Even the VP's son knows the democrats are going to ger bludgeoned.

    Priceless. Absolutely priceless.

    January 25, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  22. Kate

    I hate that he has said no. We need good people. Wake up America....we are becoming a third world country with the republicans in!!

    January 25, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    That is too bad. . . we already have enough republican constitution destroyers in Washington.

    January 25, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  24. Rickster

    Beau must be smarter than his old man(although so is a bucket of dirt) but in any case this could be another pick-up for the republicans....remember them?....the party that just a few months ago was never going to win another election for eternity?

    January 25, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  25. Reggie

    Sadly, his father is too unpopular for the son to overcome.

    January 25, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
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