October 5th, 2008
09:46 AM ET
14 years ago

Biden cancels events as mother-in-law battles illness

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(CNN) - Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Joe Biden is cancelling his campaign events for Saturday and Sunday as his mother-in-law battles a serious illness.

The Senator from Delaware's campaign spokesman, David Wade, put out a statement saying "the campaign has cancelled Sen. Biden's schedule today and tomorrow because of a serious illness in Jill Biden's family. Hospice has advised the Bidens to remain close by, and we appreciate everyone's respect for the family's privacy."

Wade is referring to Biden's wife's mother, Bonny Jacobs, who is in a hospice in Pennsylvania.

Biden was scheduled to speak in Washington D.C. and then attend a fund-raiser in the nation's capitol Saturday night. Sunday he was expected to campaign in Virginia.

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  1. C

    God bless the family Joe! Way to wack the opposition in the debate! Score now Obama/Biden (2), McBush/Failin (0)!

    October 4, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. annie - never again a dem.

    Maybe o'biden will shed another tear! Remember when they hung Sen. Clinton for shedding a tear? non-journalist said she was too weak to run country.

    October 4, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. annick, Washington DC

    Jill and Joe, we will keep you in prayer . We have your back.

    October 4, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  4. Pete in San Francisco

    Jill and Joe, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this challenging time.

    October 4, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. LEF in Virginia

    Praying for you and your family, Senator - God Bless You.

    October 4, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. yanick

    I hope everything goes well with the Biden's family. Go OBAMA & BIDEN

    October 4, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. annie - never again a dem.

    This is just how brainwashed '0' cult followers are "thoughts & prayers" should be with his mother-in-law not him. '0' cult followers can no longer think straight!

    October 4, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. Tom

    Godspeed to all the Biden family. They have had plenty to deal with lately, with a son deploying for Iraq, a mother ill, and Biden still able to hit it out of the park at the debate. Salt of the earth, baby!

    October 4, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Moon Maiden from Lake Michigan

    Dear Sen Biden and Mrs Biden and Family,
    I am sorry you all are going through this difficult time.
    My prayers are with you.

    October 4, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. kteachums

    While he is going through all of this, sending his son off to war, dealing with illness of his mother-in-law, the McCain campaign is
    calling him a liar in the debates. The people are sick of this smear .

    God bless you Senator Biden! You are indeed a saint with all you
    have had to carry on your shoulders.

    October 4, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. Jace

    We are with you and your family in thoughts and prayer

    October 4, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. Nancy Bertelsen

    Same here Sen. Biden.

    October 4, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. Luc

    our prayer are with you and your family, may God be with you and your family.

    October 4, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. Griff

    I was 5000 Miles away from Home. When I lost my Mum 3 month after I last saw her...... She was kind of Fit, even though she had been ikll for years with Asmah.. I never even went to the Funeral... The last time I saw her when I caught the bus into town.... Symathy I dont need.... I was only 19yrs old..... Sympathy.... ?????????????????

    October 4, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  15. Candia

    My best wishes to Jill Biden, her mother, and the rest of the family.

    October 4, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  16. Myrna Ulrich

    May God watch Over You and Your family and Put His loving arms around you and your beloved family during this difficult time... I lost Both My Mother and Sister in Law earlier this Year.. Myrna and family in Wisconsin

    October 4, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. Cheryl

    My thoughts are with the Biden family.

    October 4, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. Ken Pittsburgh

    May god hold her in his hands and may she find peace

    October 4, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  19. CNN censors the comments it wishes to show

    The focus of this article is NOT on McCain's preparation for the debate, it is about the fact that he is going to e "resort" which for some (obvious CNN) reason seems to be newsworthy.

    Of course, CNN chooses to ignore the extreme extravagance that Obama has in every step of his campaign – like his PALATIAL, supersized, super fuel using, super emissions emitting campaign jumbo jet, complete with egotistical "Obama presidential seal". How presumptuous this elitist is, and how meaningless his behavior renders McCain's weekend visit to a "resort".

    October 4, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. USA Patriot

    We love you, Joe! May God continue to bless and keep you and your family.

    October 4, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  21. Anette_In_Ohio

    We will keep the Bidens and extended family in our prayers.

    October 4, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. Joe Regis

    A conforting presence can go a long way on the road to recovery.

    The Dems message of change resonate a lot with average American this year that the movement, the becon of light will continue to shine throughout America.

    Nevertheless, your presence is indispensable. Above all else, I wish her a speedy recovery.

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    October 4, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  23. Joe in Mn

    Best to you and yours Biden.

    October 4, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  24. Real Talk

    Your family is in our prayers Joe. By the way this is a real reason to suspend your campaign. No Gimmicks, Just family first.
    God Bless you and your family Joe.

    October 4, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  25. Paul, EP Tx

    Biden seems like a good man. too bad for democrats he's not at the top of the ticket. He also knows Obama isn't qualified. check out his debates with Obama on youtube. revealing and sad.
    Biden's too good for Obama. Hope all is well with his family.

    October 4, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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