October 7th, 2010
05:06 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama and Biden to help out Coons

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are heading to Delaware next week to try and keep Biden's old Senate seat in Democratic party hands.

Obama and Biden will team up with New Castle County executive Chris Coons, the party's Senate nominee at a fundraiser in Wilmington on Friday, October 15, according to the Coons campaign. Next week's trip will be Biden's third visit to his home state to help Coon's bid.


Two polls released Wednesday indicate that Coons has a large lead over Republican nominee Christine O'Donnell in the battle to win the seat held for nearly four decades by Biden.

A Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind survey indicates that 53 percent of likely voters in Delaware are supporting Coons, with 36 percent backing O'Donnell. According to a University of Delaware Center for Political Communication survey, 49 percent of Delaware registered voters support Coons, with three in ten backing O'Donnell.

Last month O'Donnell upset longtime moderate Republican Rep. and former Gov. Mike Castle in the state's GOP primary. O'Donnell, a conservative commentator who launched unsuccessful Senate bids in 2006 and 2008, was supported and helped by Tea Party activists and by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Since then O'Donnell's been in the spotlight for controversial comments she made years ago when she was a spokesperson for socially conservative causes.

O'Donnell's campaign says they've raised more than $2 million since the primary victory. Meanwhile, Palin has said that she will come to Delaware to campaign with O'Donnell.

Next Wednesday the two candidates face off in a debate at the University of Delaware that will be co-moderated by CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

The winner in November will fill out the remaining four years of Biden's final term in the Senate. Biden stepped down from his seat after his election in November 2008 as vice president. Former Biden aide Ted Kaufman was named as an interim replacement, and is not seeking a full term. After much speculation that he would run for his father's old seat, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden announced in late January that he would instead run for re-election as Delaware attorney general. Coon's announced days later and faced no serious opposition for the Democratic party's nomination.

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Filed under: 2010 • Chris Coons • Delaware • Joe Biden • President Obama
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. jm

    If he is supposedly so far ahead in the polls, then why do they feel the need to bring in the Pres and VP for support? Makes you wonder.

    October 7, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. Pollwatcher

    Go Coons! A double digit lead in the polls against the teabagger witch! So much for Rethuglicans winning a majority in the Senate, they can say goodbye to that one.

    October 7, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. Whatever

    Jm, it's called covering your bases.

    October 7, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. D. Bunker

    It's pretty laughable to see O'Donnell complaining about "character assasination." Given the nutty words that have come out of her mouth over the years, it's more like an assisted suicide.

    October 7, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. Eric

    Translation: Moe and Larry to help out Curley.

    October 7, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  6. stufthis

    According to Hugo, if we tax the wealthy Americans fairly, they will leave. I hear that Limbaugh is going to Costa Rica because they have government run health care.

    October 7, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  7. WILLARD BULLOCK

    Before I was vote for obama but im really sorry mistake vote for him cause he have too much problems trouble with dangerous

    October 7, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  8. Glenn Koons

    IIf De. is the only point where leftists can put a Marxist up like Coons for the Prez and VP to go campaign, then perhaps miracles can still happen and the Pubs will stop the other old bulls of the Dem Party who have bankrupted our nation. Why De, would elect Coons is still a mystery, but apparently Christine is just too strange for them though she would vote to Repeal Care, vote against all taxes and spending and that would be good for even De. citizens. Coons will just be a clone for Obama.

    October 7, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    College students should support Coons, O'Donnell has no respect for those of you who work hard to get through college because she lies about her education while you worked for yours.

    October 7, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  10. barry

    Looks like Biden is campaigning with Coons again. He must love it.

    October 7, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |