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. Wisconsonite

    Hopfully all of you Republicans who are "fed up with nepotism" will remember how fed up you are when Liz Cheney decides to throw her hat in the ring! If you don't remember, we Democrats will be sure to remind you . . . trust me!

    January 25, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. Free Thinker

    he is smarter than his dad. He knows he would lose!

    January 25, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. Ballance

    There is no current issue on which the Republicans are stronger than the Democrats (i.e. would do more to lead this country in the right direction rather than reverse our progress or stagnate). More Republicans in Congress simply means more gridlock. Congrats do-nothing Repubs!

    January 25, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. Wanda in Montana

    Beau has integrity. Good for him. I hope the Repugnants keep thinking that the message in MA was anti-Dems not anti-incumbants. Yep. That's the ticket.

    Oh yeah, don't forget to pray for Mr. Castle so you won't need to vote. The gods will be sure to take care of it for ya.

    January 25, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  5. Voice of Reason

    -This post has to be taken down to Earth

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

    -How could we not after the terrible damage they have done this nation?

    "Please remember this...."

    -I remember how Bush and the republicans ran this country into debt by getting us in a war in Iraq.

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

    -It takes years to fix the problems the republicans caused for many more years before that, and for two of those three years you are talking about, we had REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT who vetoed everything they tried to pass.

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

    -If the republicans looked out for the people instead of corporations, at least some would have voted for the bill. They only care about blocking it and bringing the dems down. The lack of republican support is the main reason.

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

    -This is just crazy. The republicans are the ones who went radically to the right, and now the RNC will not fund any candidate unless they are far to the right, as they must meet 8 out of 10 principles on a sheet to get funding. In the democrats, we have many conservative blue dogs, but there are very few liberal republicans and Michael Steele is trying to weed out the one or two of them left.

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

    -None of the republicans even considered passing the bill or helping draft a bill.

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

    -NOTHING ever passes because the republicans block everything and get a few blue dog democrats to join them, but republicans are the reason it did not pass, because NONE of them voted for it.


    -Well, I don't want to put my hard earned money into a rich CEO's pocket at some insurance company that radically raises it's rates every year. And the bill is not radical, it has been trimmed down quite a bit to get conservative support, but the republicans are STILL NOT SATISFIED with it. This proves that they care more about the big wigs than the commoners, and they are intent on bring President Obama down, as well as the dems.


    -That is why we need a health care bill with a public option, so the insurance companies will be forced to compete with the public option, and therefore will have to lower their rates to stay in business. We the people would see our costs cut, but the republicans will not cut our costs, because they are perfectly fine with the health insurance industry the way it is now.

    January 25, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. I'm Rush Limbaugh and I say . . .

    Vote for a Republic – ruin America again – yes we can't

    January 25, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. ElCounselor

    For those who cast aspersions on the character of a man you don't even know, shame on you. Take a long, hard, look at yourself before you cast that stone. Instead of wasting time your time putting a man down, why not make the more difficult choice and think about what you can do to pick him up.

    January 25, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. Michael from Ventura

    Enough of people with no clue as to what Socialism is calling all Dems socialists..starting with the President. Your ignorance is showing..AGAIN. Go to school morons.

    January 25, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. SocialismBad

    Why are all you crazy libtards in here saying all the Republicans say is no, no, no??? Does this LIE make you feel better? The Republicans have made serious proposals that would actually REDUCE healthcare costs but the leftist loons and Obuma have rejected them out of hand.

    Tort reform to reduce malpractice insurance? DEMOCRATS SAY NO.

    Competition across state lines?? DEMOCRATS SAY NO.

    Democrats are the party of NO when it comes to meaningful healthcare cost reductions. Why??? Because tort reform endangers one of the Democrats biggest supportes, TRIAL LAWYERS. Obuma has even admitted this! The American people have awaken to your special deals for the unions and lawyers and have SAID NO TO YOU in Massachusetts, Virginia and NJ. Come November, you'll hear NO when it comes time for re-election.

    January 25, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Mr. Phil

    @awaiting – Hereditary seats??? Oh, you mean like the Bush crime family?

    @Four – Oh, you mean like the budget deficits and needless wars we've been involved in with every Republican administration since Reagan?

    January 25, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. Fair Isn't

    "Nearly half the public says they are angry at both parties; only one in ten are angry only at the Democrats."

    Great news for Republicans, Huh?

    January 25, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. Karen

    Good to see he is his own man and not taking marching orders from his Dad.

    January 25, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Can anyone name any piece of legislation passed by the Republicans that directly benefited the PEOPLE of this country?

    January 25, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. Chipster

    Four and the Door:

    Are you kidding? Since when is the Republican Party strong on the issues listed? Eight years of borrow and spend policies have just about destroyed the economy. In Dec. 2008 their were nearly 800,000 jobs lost and the deficit had been doubled. Now, Republicans want to complain because we are still losing jobs but at about a tenth of the rate in Dec. 2008!

    Healthcare? The Republicans have no plan. They plan to continue to allow more people to lose their health coverage and drag the economy down further!

    Drill baby drill is not an energy policy. It's burning the candle at both ends with no regard for future generations!

    You have to be joking! Republicans are only good at one thing: marketing fear and division.

    January 25, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  15. exrepublican in Houston

    Most republicans today act like they have multi infarct dementia... they can't remember anything recent., which explains why they think they can win again. Is the country that stupid? we're still recovering from the mess they made during the Bush years.

    January 25, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. tag

    good thing...he would have lost by default. nothing against bo...he is a hero serving the usa.

    January 25, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. Edwin

    Four and The Door wrote "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."

    You are a truly delusional. The GOP leadership caused the current economy disaster and job situation by removing financial regulation. They block ALL climate change legislation, and consistently pull money and innovation AWAY from public education. Their foreign policy has typically been "invade somewhere, so the world knows we are strong" - never mind the cost in terms of lives or money.

    GOP Energy Policy is this: buy lots of foreign oil and drill off-shore. Don't worry about pollution - it only hurts people who are too poor to live elsewhere.

    What planet are you from?

    January 25, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  18. Jan

    Are we supposed to be a civilized society?

    Why is everyone so full of hate?


    January 25, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. usaz

    We thank him for his service to this great country ..

    Kind of what I was thinking.

    Gee, you would think by some of these comments, some of you would just as soon see him come home dead, since he's a democrat and all.

    Maybe you pick what military funerals you attend depending on the deceased party affiliation. Better, let's deny military service to registered democrats, since they are not real Americans? You take this right-left too far, and it's just sick.

    January 25, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. Lori in Texas

    These comments are too funny. Today the left and right are still arguing, gloating, pointing fingers, whining etc... why? Both sides lost any power or plans they may have had with last week's SCOTUS decison. The power of the teabaggers and the unions are now gone for good. This week, we have been told by our Right Wing Conservative Republican Supreme Court that our votes no longer count. Only the corporations with more money than they can count will be buying the seats of any and all who will do their bidding. And I promise you that neither dems or repubs will like the results of what we will be seeing in the next 10 years. This is a disaster for America and no one can even see it yet. Wake up, folks, the end of America as we know it is coming unless we take this unholy power away from corporate America. Mark my words.

    January 25, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. Iceman

    Interesting how the people here that identify themselves as Republicans have forgotten all the spending that went on under a Republican president, senate and congress. The fact is that without a supermajority (60+) in the senate neither party will ever get everything they want. I could go along with some of the fiscal policies of the Republicans (if they practised them themselves), and if it wasn't for their social policies. That's why I have always preferred Libertarians to Republicans.

    January 25, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. gary

    Yes, we are the party of NO! NO to a marxist egomaniac that fooled the American people. NO to more debt and government spending. NO to government takeover of our healthcare industry. NO to more government rules and regulations that take away our freedoms and liberty. NO to more wasted federal dollars to our local schools and handcuffing their efficiency with stupid bureacratic redtape that stifles discipline and learning taking place. NO! NO! NO!

    January 25, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  23. Blue

    If the GOP gets another chance at our country, it will not survive. Bush/Cheney has made it almost out of reach of bouncing back.

    January 25, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. TexasVet


    To answer your question, the masses of Americans who believe the Conservative/Republican rhetoric cannot think for themselves. It's just too tedious and it's better to mindlessly repeat things they've been told without gathering facts. Don't waste your time arguing with them either because it'll drive you nuts.

    And as far as the Liberals/ Democrats are concerned they (used to be we) have no backbone, and can't organize their way out of a paper bag. Too many chiefs not enough Indians, oh and then there is that whole let's all compromise thing. It's a mess!

    In a nutshell the Cons are too uncompromising and the Libs are too compromising. Henceforth the demise of President Obama, unless he puts the smackdown on everyone...but he's too nice for that.

    January 25, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. independent voter

    Well we have had a good example of what a democrat controlled congress can do for the country over the last 3 years, which is why the Republicans may win in Nov.

    I will agree that the republicans must contain cost this time around or they will be voted out as well.

    January 25, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
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