September 16th, 2010
01:37 PM ET
12 years ago

Biden to campaign with Coons

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Joe Biden will likely appear with Democratic Senate candidate Chris Coons in Delaware next week."]

Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden's heading home to Delaware to try and help keep his old Senate seat in Democratic party hands.

A Biden aide confirms to CNN that the vice president will likely appear with the New Castle County Executive Chris Coons, the Democrat's Senate nominee in Delaware, at an event in the state sometime next week.

Coons will face off in the November midterm elections against conservative commentator and marketing consultant Christine O'Donnell, who upset Delaware's longtime statewide Rep. Mike Castle, in Tuesday's GOP primary.

Polls suggested that Castle, a former governor and moderate Republican, would have been favored in the general election battle over Coons, but with O'Donnell as the party's nominee, surveys indicate that Coon is considered to have the advantage.

The winner in November will fill out the remaining four years of Biden's final term. Biden stepped down from the Senate after his election in November 2008 as vice president. Former Biden aide Ted Kaufman was named as an interim replacement. Kaufman 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 his bid nine days later and the vice president immediately praised him. Biden was the main attraction at a fundraiser for Coons in Wilmington in June.

The vice president's office also tells CNN that Biden, who held the seat for nearly four decades, has made many calls to long-time supporters, urging them to help the Coons' campaign.

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Filed under: 2010 • Chris Coons • Delaware • Joe Biden
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. jim

    To have Joe Biden campaigning at you side is a little risky.You never know what may spew from his mouth.Oh. well there's the well tested route of "APOLOGY"

    September 16, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. Get A Grip

    Doesn't this guy have better things to do then campaign. Rome is burning and he continues to campaign.

    VOTE this guy OUT and his boss as well.

    September 16, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. Snow

    Please go vp biteme and give coons your support and thereby giving him the kiss of death politically.

    September 16, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    This headline is just ridiculous. I know now that it was referring to Chris Coons but when I first read the headline in my Feed Reader I didn't know what to think and quickly clicked on the link to get further information. That can be a very misleading headline. CNN should have a bit more taste in that and make sure the headline cannot be construed to be about something completely different. Bad form CNN bad form...SMH

    September 16, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. Eric

    I wonder, VP Biden, would you consider Coons "clean and articulate," too?

    September 16, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. Windbag

    Hope the good people of Delaware will not listen to this puff of hot air.

    September 16, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Coons is going to wipe the floor with O'Donnell. I don't follow polls, but most polls already show Coons with a double digit lead. O'Donnell is a professional republican candidate. In the words of Adrienne Balboa:

    'YOU CAN'T WIN!!!"

    September 16, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. carlos

    way to go Mr. Vice President, according to cnn, there is a new and rising star in Delaware for the repugnants, the Lust and Masturbation woman and they love her for that because they do not know anything about sex with their concubines. Only lending a hand a lips

    September 16, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Is it just me, or is that about the funniest article title I've seen in ages?

    September 16, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. Dave

    In 2010 he is campaigning with Coon and in 08 he was doing it with a con!

    September 16, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. True Conservative

    O'Donnell is for a return to real conservative values. So stay home Dims, gay-lovers, ground zero mosque apologists. You will lose and the Tea Party will take back our counrty from the Kenyan. LOL libtard losers.

    September 16, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  12. bill

    go after them harry truman said.last time repubs had an idea was aberham lincoln.these tea party people will implode after election. JUST STIRRING CRAP.NO PLAN JUST LIES.

    September 16, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. Jamie

    Ok sorry, I know I shouldn't but the title of this story made me laugh

    September 16, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  14. Bob, Virginia

    As soon as I heard that O"Donnell had won, I predicted that Joe will campaign with Coons. Other popular elected Democratic officials, like Gov. Markell, will also campaign with Coon.

    No one of note who actually lives in Delaware will actually campaign with nutbag O'Donnell.

    September 16, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. Poor Coons

    I can hear Coons now: "noooooooo!"

    September 16, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. Nancy

    Mr. Coons, you have my vote. If you're ok with Biden, you're ok with me.

    September 16, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Is it just me, or coudn't they have written this headline a bit better?
    CNN- who hired your writers?

    September 16, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. Bob

    I hope Biden does a lot of talking because it will only help O'Donnell.

    September 16, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. Iowa Chris

    I think he should take Hillary with him. I think she is the only one that makes sense to take on these so-called mama grizzlies, and show them how it is really done.

    September 16, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. blue

    Good, we have to do what it takes to protect our President and our Country. We are on the right track, and we must not let the Tea Party or GOP stop what is going on to bring us back from the dark.

    September 16, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Thought that was done two years ago

    September 16, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. JohnBoy

    in the UK this heading would be racist lol

    September 16, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. Rick McDaniel

    That's like getting help from your worst enemy.

    September 16, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  24. DIANA

    I hope Democrats in Delaware don't fall asleep at the wheel. Remember what happened in Mass.

    Something to think about. What if all the Tea Party candidates win, and in 2012, by some wrath of God, Sarah Palin wins as President. Idiocracy would change from a comedy movie to a prophecy.

    September 16, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. malabar

    So which is it dems? odonnell is a nut with no chance or competitive enough to have biden visit? well maybe he just wants to go home. soon enough joe, soon enough.

    September 16, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
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