January 25th, 2010
01:39 PM ET
8 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. nj-pilot

    Oh Yeah! Vote Reublican!

    It's easier than thinking! 😉

    January 25, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. Steve (the real one)

    @ El kababa,

    There are good republicans, just as there are good democrats. They are the ones who remember who sent them to DC. They also just happen to be out gunned and out manned! The Obama election was not a blank check for him to push a socialist agenda! If you think it was then explain the independent exodus! President Obama sounds little like candidate Obama! That's the problem. Both parties do it. One way or the other it needs to stop!

    January 25, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. ken

    Reny, wow, that is big. I know for a fact this country has had the best job growth under 8 years of Rega, 12 years of Bush and I will give some credit to Clinton, but let's not forget, he was leaving office just as the dot com bubble was bursting and Bush pulled us out of that one. Obam is making Carter look like a good president. NOT. just kidding, they both can't do it. If the press came out with a poll tomorrow that said Obama's ratings would go up if he wore purple, we'd see him in purple everyday. This guy has NO clue, Can't wait for Nov, 2010... better than the super bowl....

    January 25, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. American idol sheep worship

    I respect Biden's son as he is a fellow Veteran and unlike like his dad he is not as dumb as a bag of rocks.

    Biden and Obambi would have campaigned for him and as we uh, uh, uh, know, the liar in chief and "I'm just a gaffe machine" would have doomed him.

    Then the nitwit trio of Jarrett, Gibbs and Axelfraud would have come out and said we voted against Biden but it was really a vote for Obambi.

    Ya, I voted for Brown to tell Barry how much I want him to push his agenda, THIS IS THE WORST ADMIN EVER.

    We are falling apart, so Barry brings back a political campaign hack, good job Barry.

    January 25, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. Sniffit

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

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

    January 25, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. patsuit

    If the republicans are so wonderful, why aren't they coming up with alternatives?? Healthcare – Why can't we have what congress has?? These are real questions, with no answers...

    January 25, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. despairedRep

    > 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".

    Republicans say "no" because they do not believe policies proposed are healthy for the common good. As can be seen as majorities of failing policies passed are through party lines with little, if any, Republican support.

    January 25, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. Tom in Delaware

    Mike Castle has never lost an election in Delaware...Biden will just be biding his time...

    January 25, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. Little Tommy

    Reny January 25th, 2010 12:49 pm ET

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

    They already did. That's how the Dems got the opportunity but now they seem to be squandering it!

    January 25, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  10. Ron in California

    Young Mr. Biden has my respect for his service to our country. But Frankly, Politics isn't a family business.

    January 25, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. Concerned Citizen

    reny is clueless ......... Dems and Repubs are done!!
    Make way for the "Tidy Bowl Men" , the Independents.
    They will flush, clean up and start anew!!

    January 25, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. B in Pa

    Beau, the Senate could use a good Dem like you. God Bless the politics of America! For every step forward, we take multiple backwards.

    January 25, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. razmataz

    Reny January 25th, 2010 12:49 pm ET

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

    Uhhh, Reny, just what do you think your Messiah has been doing for the last year? Aer you that blinded by the koolade that you can't see what this administration and this congress have done to this country, or are simply stupid?

    January 25, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. Pat F

    The average IQ of the Delaware senatorial candidates just went up by 50 points.

    January 25, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. Pat F

    Sorry to disappoint you, Jim, but when all that Democrats can come up with is budget busting bills and bribes for Louisiana and Nebraska, then the only sensible answer is NO!

    January 25, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans are doing a poor job because their party is in a 3 way split and their so-called "purity" mission is just a plain joke. If purity is all Americans need from Republicans, and that's all they've come up with, their ship has sank regardless of any Senate seats they take.

    January 25, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. B.J.

    Can one get into politics now without being family?

    January 25, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  18. Nick

    Beau could easily win the seat. He chose not to run for personal reasons. You people on here are wasting your time- America has enough common sense to know that Obama is not a socialist "leftist loon." A very vocal minority has taken over CNN and spread their hatred...

    Massachusetts was not a referendum on Obama; it was the result of a poorly run campaign by Coakley. If Obama HADN'T stumped for her, she would have lost by MORE than 5%. Scott Brown is incredibly MODERATE, and the Teabaggers will be disappointed when he doesn't fulfill their every whim.

    January 25, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. ted

    Beau Biden is over fighting GEORGE BUSH'S WAR, let's not forget.

    January 25, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. socialismisgood

    @matthew detroit

    People want to cut spending on things that will only be detrimental to the people of this country (i.e. defense). If we wouldn't have spent all of our money on that War on "Terrorism" (aka war meant to be sustained to fatten Dick Cheney's pockets), then we would have more money for the things that matter (like HEALTHCARE).

    January 25, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. Wisconsonite

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

    I'm really getting fed up with people who think that everyone who doesn't think like them is a "socialist"! You people really don't have a clue as to what that word even means!

    January 25, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  22. Wisconsonite

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

    And back to the good old days of Bush/Cheney????

    January 25, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. Allbefree

    1 more brick down the path to freedom

    January 25, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. R. Boland

    2016?? Hmmm.

    January 25, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  25. John

    Who is off the Democrats train? The media, the same people blasting Bush for 8 yrs? Gimme a break people, Bush spent more in 8 yrs than every president in history combined. It is ok for Bush to spend money on illegal wars, corporate greed, and slime ball
    cronie-ism? It is stereo typical and border line racism..The same people that wanted obama elected are slam bashing him..The President has only been in office for a year, lets calm down expectations, he had alot to fix..

    January 25, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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