Beau Biden says he plans to run for governor in Delaware
April 17th, 2014
11:50 AM ET
4 months ago

Beau Biden says he plans to run for governor in Delaware

(CNN) – Beau Biden said Thursday he won't seek re-election this year as Delaware attorney general and plans instead to run for governor in 2016.

"Over the past few months, as I've been planning to run for reelection, I have also been giving a great deal of thought to running for Governor in 2016," he said in a statement. "What started as a thought-a very persistent thought-has now become a course of action that I wish to pursue."

Beau Biden, 45, is Vice President Joe Biden's eldest son. He was elected as Delaware attorney general in 2006.

"After careful consideration, I have concluded that it is not right to ask for your support in 2014, knowing that my focus would be divided between doing my job as Attorney General while at the same time running as a candidate for Governor," he said.

Questions have been raised about his health, however, since he underwent a procedure in August at a Houston hospital after feeling weak and disoriented on a family vacation. He made few public appearances in the months following the procedure.

In 2010, he suffered what doctors said was a mild stroke. His speech and motor skills were not affected.

His announcement Thursday came only in written form - sent out in an email to supporters and posted to his website. He did not hold a press conference, and he has not spoken publicly about his decision in an interview.

He served in Iraq for one year as a captain with the Delaware Army National Guard. Biden acted as a prosecutor in the U.S. attorney's office in Philadelphia from 1997 to 2002.

He and his wife, Hallie, have two children.

CNN's Dana Davidsen, Steve Brusk, and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2016 • Beau Biden • Delaware
soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "This is not grand dads dem party anymore ."

    Thankfully.

    April 17, 2014 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. slp

    @Nathan,

    You are right. He did serve this country, and for that he does deserve respect whether or not you agree with his politics. Therefore, I will be expecting you to condemn any liberal who disrespects John McCain because they disagree with his politics. He also served this country. I am so sick and tired of the hypocrisy and hate on both sides of the political aisle.

    April 17, 2014 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Were people crying about Political Dynasties prior to W running or after Hillary decided to run??

    Just asking...

    April 17, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. Libmylibs

    Good we need more dummies in politics

    April 17, 2014 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. Libmylibs

    Come next year, Michelle Obama will run for office in Texas

    April 17, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. Chris-E...al

    Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country / JFK /

    April 17, 2014 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. CommonSense

    Judge a man by his works and not his name....because it seems as Beau has done a great job thus far for Delaware...remember he was elected each time he ran for office and not Joe....so give him his respect!

    April 17, 2014 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. karek40

    Its just what we need the son of another lifetime politician running for office. Its our own fault for the trouble this nation is in. We vote name recognition rather than issues. The only way to stop this insanity is to have term limits on all elected offices.

    April 17, 2014 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    Lets see, Tommy G. When W became president, he had served for six years as the constitutionally weak governor of a state where the lieutenant governor actually has more power. Romney served one term as governor before running, and yet he felt his signature accomplishment was good enough for him to run on, but not good enough to be acted on out on the national stage. Obama had more experience in government than both W and and Romeny combined, yet all we ever hear about is how incompetent he is. Well, he's actually managed to get his legislation through, despite no support from the opposition. I would say that Obama is head a shoulders above ANYONE the GOP has brought forth in the last 15 years, since the main qualification now seems to be a denial of what the job description actually is. The only things that Cruz, Christie, et al are any good at is shameless pandering to millionaire whackos with fringe beliefs. By the way, are the Right's heads exploding over the deal brokered by Kerry and his incompetant State department with Russia on removing the Ukrainian Tea Party people out of the buildings they stormed?

    April 17, 2014 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. Gary Stephen Allison

    To: Common Sense

    It seems that you are not from Delaware or you would know that the Biden name (despite his dad's penchant for saying incredibly inane things) + lack of a good alternative candidate keeps getting him re-elected down here, not his accomplishments...........

    April 17, 2014 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Silence DoGood

    @Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....
    Were people crying about Political Dynasties prior to W running or after Hillary decided to run??
    ------------–
    And people were not asking about people dying in the many previous embassy attacks before Ms.Clinton.
    And people were not asking not having insurance because of previous cancellation before ACA.
    And people were not asking about the US invasion of a country based on lies before Putin did it.
    etc.
    rinse and repeat

    April 17, 2014 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. Malory Archer

    slp

    @Nathan,

    You are right. He did serve this country, and for that he does deserve respect whether or not you agree with his politics. Therefore, I will be expecting you to condemn any liberal who disrespects John McCain because they disagree with his politics. He also served this country. I am so sick and tired of the hypocrisy and hate on both sides of the political aisle.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, except nathan ISN'T a 'liberal', so I'm sure he'll do EXACTLY as you "expect" him to do. That being said, unlike Nathan's pathetic swipe at Beau Biden, NOBODY on the on either side of the aisle has EVER trashed mccain's military service because they disagreed with his politics, so put your strawman away.

    April 17, 2014 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. Beverly

    Anybody else as sick of political dynasties as I am? I'm not from Delaware and I have nothing against Mr. Biden. I'm just really tired of the same families being interesting in politics. The only two things they have in common are healthy wallets and gigantic egos.

    April 17, 2014 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. Lizzie

    Thomas, you forgot to add that VP BIden ask for FIVE deferments and got all of them.

    April 17, 2014 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    "After careful consideration, I have concluded that it is not right to ask for your support in 2014, knowing that my focus would be divided between doing my job as Attorney General while at the same time running as a candidate for Governor," he said.

    Hear that, Rant? This is what a man of integrity sounds like – none of that "Please, please, purty please, change the law so I can hedge my bets!"

    April 17, 2014 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  16. Lizzie

    The Real Tom Paine, let's see Sen.Obama served 1/2 term in the senate in DC before he ran for President, then it was vote for him and you will make history if your against him your a racist, and the minions followed. He served in the Ill. Senate by getting elected because David Axelrod threatened the opposition by making closed court papers public, thus the opposition got out of the race. His voting record there is either not present or abstaining.
    Your comment about the Ukrainian Teaparty, and the deal WITH RUSSIA, oh yes we have Astronouts in space that we pay $70 million a seat to Russia, we have American companies who have million dollar investments in Russia, so it was true when the President said "I have more flexability after the election"

    April 17, 2014 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    @Lizzie: "Thomas, you forgot to add that VP BIden ask for FIVE deferments and got all of them."

    Joe got student deferments and then one for a medical reason (asthma). And yes, you can play football with asthma – but that's a far cry from being on a battlefield and having to deal with an ailment that could put you and your fellow soldiers in mortal danger.

    Also, unlike Mittens, Joe's son served in Iraq. Also unlike Mittens, Joe did not go to France on church mission work, which could have been delayed until after he served in the military. Joe also did not march in support of a war in which he had no intention of serving as Mittens did.

    April 17, 2014 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  18. Malory Archer

    Lizzie

    Thomas, you forgot to add that VP BIden ask for FIVE deferments and got all of them.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    However, unlike the reds who also enjoyed deferments, he wasn't chomping at the bit to send other young men into harm's way.

    April 17, 2014 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @Nathan: "He was an army captain attorney; who stayed in the rear with the gear; remf; and another overpaid job ..........just like his dad........live off the taxpayers......do nothing; just walk around and smile."

    I'm assuming you've made travel arrangements for your year-long stay at Camp Victory, Baghdad, because it's so posh ... right?

    April 17, 2014 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  20. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Thank you Silence!

    April 17, 2014 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. smith

    I think it would be a shock to some on here that most military vets, active duty, and reserve personnel are Independents and Repubs. The main news channel on AFN was FOX.

    April 17, 2014 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  22. Blunt Talk

    Great another elected royal family.

    April 17, 2014 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. somebody

    Malory Archer

    Anonymous

    Eventually Democrats will turn California into another Detriot. It may take longer but the state is already deep in debt so they are well on their way.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    "Eventually" huh? Yeah, except unlike the CITY of Detroit, the STATE of California doesn't rely on one single industry to float the entire economy.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    You might also note that California represents the eight largest economy in the entire world. It's not going away any time soon.

    In terms of the budget, since Gov Brown has been in office taxes have been raised and spending cut. The budget is now in surplus instead of deficit. I would think fiscal Conservatives would applaud that result. Imagine if Congress did that with the Federal budget as the Bowles-Simpson panel recommended. We would be moving toward a much better financial future.

    April 17, 2014 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. sly

    Beau's dad is VP for one of the most successful Presidents in US history.

    Mr. Biden should be proud, and of course we'd like this man as governor!

    April 17, 2014 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  25. DC Johnny

    His dad is quite possibly the least intelligent man to ever sit in the United States Senate, and arguably the same as a Vice President.

    That being said, unlike most of my liberal friends, I would not jump to immediately laud or exclude him based on the merits of his legacy. Even Ronald Reagan has a loser son, just like the Kennedy's have a mess on their hands despite a few good apples.

    And if you think this is a pro-Jeb statement, you're out of your mind. That family has done enough harm.

    April 17, 2014 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
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