January 28th, 2010
01:17 PM ET
8 years ago

Biden says son's decision not about politics

Biden said his son's decision not to run for Senate had nothing to do with politics.

Biden said his son's decision not to run for Senate had nothing to do with politics.

(CNN) - Joe Biden is adamant his son's decision against a bid for the Delaware Senate seat held by the vice president for nearly four decades had nothing to do with the current political climate.

"He would have been a strong candidate. But honest to God, that's not the reason he didn't run," Biden said on NBC's The Today Show when asked if the Democratic Party's misfortune in a string of recent elections led to his son Beau's decision.

"He didn't run because he has one of the largest pedophile cases I suspect at least in the history of the state of Delaware," Biden also said of his son who currently serves as Delaware's attorney general. "He realizes…his responsibility is to do his job as attorney general. "

The younger Biden announced his decision earlier this week in what was a blow to the Democratic Party which now finds itself without a strong candidate to challenge the likely Republican nominee, Rep. Mike Castle, the former 2-term governor of Delaware.

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

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soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. Fitz in Texas

    Huh, yeah right Vice President Biden, we the American people buy your story as to why your son is not running. Knowing the fact he would lose by a land slide has nothing to do with it, right?

    January 28, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. ted

    I will say that I admire Beau Biden's decision to stick to the job that he was elected to rather than run for the senate. He would have won the senate seat handily, but he doesn't want it. Beau is not politically expedient and we should all applaud him for it.

    January 28, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. Keith in Austin

    Joe wouldn't make a very good salesman!

    January 28, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. Todd

    Biden is a good man who clearly did an excellent job rainsing his son as a single parent. He is an amazing guy, and apparently s is his kid. Deleware's gain is the nation's loss.

    January 28, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. spencer blair

    Yeah, right.

    January 28, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  6. joe kiloz

    Beau, your dad has DEMENTIA.

    January 28, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. dstay

    I believe Joe Biden's lies about as much as the crap in Obama's speech Wed. I wonder if these guys can even recognize truth anymore? And remember folks, these jerks are running our country!

    January 28, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Jerry - Florida

    Mr. Biden, you and your son, just like Mr. NObama are hypocritical liars.

    You all should be ashamed of yourselves. Oops! I forgot you you guys don't know what the word shame means.

    However, the American voters DO.

    You and your cohorts should stay (very) tuned!

    January 28, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. Last Honest man

    He would have Lost. Biden would have been embarrassed. What else
    is new. THE END

    January 28, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. Renee J

    I applaud Beau Biden's decision to remain in his position as Delaware's Attorney General and oversee this extremely disturbing and far reaching pedophile case. He was elected to this position to first and foremost serve the people of Delaware. This case will surely have thousands of victims when you include the extended families that will be effected by it. I for one would like to thank you Mr. Biden, for serving so honorably. Your priorities are right on.

    January 28, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. Bob in Pa

    I don't know, it kind of sounded like he dissed the old man and the national dems the other day over the military.

    January 28, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. Grin and Bare It

    He won't run because he doesn't want to walk in his Fathers shoes and I can't blame him for that. His Father left a legacy of stupidity behind him which will continue into his future.

    January 28, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Doraine Gordon

    It is nobody's business what this young man decides to do. He can choose to do whatever he wants to do. He doesn't owe anyone an explanation. It certainly doesn't have anything to do with him being afraid to take on some Republican. That is just stupid for people to think that. But then our country is full of stupid people!!

    January 28, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. Reggie

    He would have lost bigtime. That's why he opted not to run. His father and the President are a huge liability.

    January 28, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  15. Orange Curtain, CA

    Very disappointing his son will not run...makes sense though to go for the sure thing and stay on as AG.

    January 28, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. Jane/Seattle

    Politics is a Filthy business and that in itself could and should serve as a wake-up for us all. These folks ought to know it best! So many engage in the semantic dance that leaves the truth to be found only by those who love, seek to find, and finally, become set free!

    We could have the "leaders" working together with respect and harmony (ardently seeking WE, The Peoples input!) were this system of Competition not undermining The ONE CORE Value that is most needed – COOPERATION. This was eluded to last night and then most run out to find more MONEY for the next election.

    Please read these books and research his others: Thom Hartmann's, "The Last Hours Of Ancient Sunlight" and his newest one, "Threshold". Excellent! The Prescriptions are Included. Thanks for considering. Peace, Poet out.

    January 28, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. Zachary S.

    For those out there who doubt the word of the Vice President, just a little insight from someone who lives 10 miles from the "scene of the crime" which is tying up Beau Biden right now. The accused pedophile in question is Dr. Earl Bradley, who used his pediatric business to procure victims. They're still trying to get a tally on how many children were victims, some estimates put the number at more than 100. Especially in a state as small as Delaware, and in a case not just involving a Pedophile, but also in my opinion a border-line conspiracy (with him being a pediatrician), Beau staying in office is the most responsible course of action.

    January 28, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    This isn't the first nor the last dem afraid to run for a hotly contested seat. There's a definite surge that started in Virginia and New Jersey and will continue in November and possibly 2012, if Obama doesn't start creating some REAL jobs.

    January 28, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  19. SocialismBad

    I guess crazy ol' Joe might believe this bunk but his son is no dummy. The stink of the Washington Democrats has reached as far as Massachusetts. And from what Obama was hocking last night, the stink is only gonna get worse. Maybe his son can get him a job in the AG office when crazy ol' Joe gets tossed out in 2012!

    January 28, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. D.D.

    The media immediately jumped that the Audacity Team can't help and not even Beau. I think the team can do amazing thing when they have yeam meetings for all adtates and not the nucli only. They must non -violently demonstrate to get the message across America: We Don't Quit!
    Team, revive us in We Don't Quit Seminars.
    Southern Ohio

    January 28, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. james

    He can take the time to run for re-election, but not for Senate. Joe, you liberals may think the people are stupid, but we're not THAT stupid.

    January 28, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. Tom in Delaware

    Look, Beau made a political decision....Obama's Leftist Policies have poisoned the well throughout the country for the Democrats, as demonstrated by Massachusetts last Tuesday.

    Mike Castle has never lost an election in Delaware...7 in a row so far.

    I'm not going to fault Beau for not running and it's obvious he's smarter than his father...of course I have a dog that's smarter than his father so that's not saying much.

    Beau dropped the ball for many months in the handling of this case, so for him to act as if he's undertaking some noble endeavor is just a bunch of hooey.

    I can't wait to hear the input from the moonbats who will gush all over him like they do for Obama, but take it from somebody who's lived here all their life, this is just smart politics....Beau's time will come.

    January 28, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. Sam Sixpack

    Joe Biden is a liar.

    January 28, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. Scott Peters

    Rubbish! Everyone in Delaware knows that Little Bo chickened out because he didn't want to face a real opponent and run the risk of losing. He is certainly not needed to be involved in the pedophile case in Delaware. In fact, if anything he is complicating the investigation and delaying justice because the case could be resolved today with the perpetrator getting a life without parole sentence if not for Little Bo trying to milk the case for all the political benefits he can get out of it.

    January 28, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. D.

    yeh... sure.......
    (we got it folks, no need to spin)

    January 28, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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