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. Executor

    The ultimate irony is that his father probably counseled him NOT to run. His dad knows what's going on. Obama doesn't even have 100% support of his inner circle.....

    Obama will be sent home as fast as he was ushered in.....

    January 25, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. Willy Brown

    Guess he does no want to lower his expections.

    January 25, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Jane/Seattle

    GOOD! There is too much nepotism, class/family ascendancy, wealth that gets to the Power Class. Before the dictionaries got changed to reflect common practices, I remember reading one definition of democracy that tells the truth! This definition stated that democracy is NOT defined by family, class, or family ascendant power-giving! But if this were ever true of America, I'll eat my copy of the Constitution! Peace

    January 25, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. richard

    he can feel the avalanche of backlash...... coming -–plus he's not senate material if he's anything like his dad.... his mind way far away after serving in iraq......

    January 25, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. Fitz in Texas

    If I were Joe Biden's son I wouldn't run either. Running for anything at this point with the last name of Biden certainly can't help you.

    January 25, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. Obama Enemy List Wannabe

    Pretty smart – you don't fight a war you can't win....this way Obama and Biden can once again blame a Senate loss – on someone else....

    January 25, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. john s

    Just what we don't need another entitled second generation lock stepping demo -CRAP-tic, liberial left loone. His old man is clueless, out of touch and is a token to the position he now sits. At least he knows how to spell the word loser and what it would mean to him. Priceless, to see him whimper and stay out.

    January 25, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  8. MatthewDetroit

    Thats a GOOD thing.

    I am tired of the politics as usual.

    No more Kennedy's just because of name they become..

    Might as well elect the Kardashians.

    Someone needs to run who is a leader and has experience running something... Not another Barack with NO experience... or another dirt bag Kennedy that lives off of the family name.

    I thank the people of Massachusettes for electing someone new.

    January 25, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. MatthewDetroit

    Before ANY of you Dems start blasting the Republican party....

    Please remember this....

    You have had both the house and senate for 3 years now.

    You did not pass health care because YOUR OWN democrats....

    Would not accept the radicalism and how far to the left it went...

    Even Democrats did NOT want the bill that Reid and Pelose put together.

    IT did not pass because of Democrats, NOT because of Republicans.

    NO ONE WANTS A RADICAL SPENDING HEALTH CARE BILL.

    PEOPLE WANT TO CUT COSTS... PERIOD

    January 25, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. Jon Doh

    Come on Beau, don't let the Right-Wing-Nut/Corporate Interest Alliance steal your dad's seat. They won't rest 'till we're all unemployed and without healthcare.

    January 25, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. Hayden

    He isn't running because he knows he couldn't win. Good luck Mike Castle.

    January 25, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. Keith in Austin

    Save your money Beau and get a real job in the private sector with all of us. Chances are you will see first hand what the Dems are doing to American Business and you'll change to a Republican!

    January 25, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  13. Austin

    Wow the NRSC touting Castle's independence from the Republican bloc and bipartisanship is certainly something to see. Can candidates retreat from both parties any more blatantly?

    As is Beau's not-veiled-at-all statement on how the issues are too challenging for a Democratic candidate to easily overcome. Shrewd, but not tough.

    January 25, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  14. george

    We thank him for his service to this great country !!!!!!!! God Bless.... but he is making the right choice in terms of NOT GETTING INTO POLITICS....just because his Father is.....take some time and think for yourself what you want to do...and I am sure you will make the right choice for YOU and Y OUR Family.

    January 25, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  15. Obama Victim

    not a good year for any dem to run...they are going to get hammered.....son is brighter than the old man

    January 25, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. Joe-Wilmington, DE

    Good decision considering the shambles he has made of the Attorney Generals Office.

    Bad decision to run for reelection for AG considering the shambles he has made of the Attorney Generals Office.

    Certainly will not be getting my vote.

    January 25, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. Dave

    Delaware should breath a huge sigh of relief then. One Biden is enough when they are both slimeballs that stuff their pockets with cash from the predatory lenders that conveniently set up shop in their state.

    January 25, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. Four and The Door

    "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.
    _____________________________________________________
    I think he was just naming all of the issues where the Republicans are stronger on than Democrats. Certainly there have to be issues that the Democrats have an advantage on. I just can't think of them right now.

    January 25, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  19. Jim

    why do republicans insist on name calling and ignoring facts?

    I just don't understand. they accuse the democrats of partisan politics and yet they themselves refuse to work with the democrats ... all they can say is "no ... no ... no ... no".

    January 25, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  20. SocialismBad

    Nice to see Biden's son isn't as clueless as ol' crazy Joe! He sees the train coming towards him and recognizes as a train. He has the sense to step OFF the tracks, UNLIKE the Obama Administration and the leftist loons in Congress.

    The Democrats dabbling with socialism will result in their massive defeat come November. The American people will not tolerate this unprecedented and uncontrolled spending, taxation and intrusion into their healthcare.

    January 25, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. Reny

    I cant wait for the repubs to win so they can ruin this country.

    January 25, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. Wayne Messer

    In other words I do not have a chance in HELL of winning!!!!

    January 25, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. El Kababa

    American politics is not a struggle between Republicans and Democrats. It is a struggle between Conservatism and everyone else. About a third of Democrats in Washington are Conservatives. About a third are professional politicians who are for and against everything all the time and who prefer never to vote on anything. About a third are Liberals.

    Conservative voters are brainwashed enough so that the vote consistently against their own self interest. They are like the Tories who supported the English during the American Revolution.

    January 25, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. Sniffit

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

    SCOTUS certainly did everything it could last week in an effort to help them out, eh?

    January 25, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  25. katiec

    I certainly can understand anyone of integrity not wanting to get into politics with the cesspool the republicans have made out of our political system.
    While hiding behind their Bibles they ignore what beliefs are supposed to consist of. They lie, distort, fear monger, have goals
    of greed and power, throwing all honor to the wind. They ignore
    responsibility and stoop to any sewer tactic required for their
    goal of winning at any cost.
    And, continue to claim they are good Christians.
    And, what is so sad, some actually believe them.

    January 25, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
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