September 17th, 2010
04:30 AM ET
12 years ago

Biden to Delaware Friday to help Coons

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Joe Biden will appear with Senate candidate Chris Coons at an event in Delaware on Friday."]

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

The vice president is scheduled to appear with New Castle County Executive Chris Coons, the Democrat's Senate nominee in Delaware, at an event in Wilmington Friday, according to a Thursday evening e-mail from the Coons campaign.

Earlier Thursday a Biden aide told CNN that the event would take place sometime next week. But Coons' staff said that the scheduling worked out to allow what they describe as a low-key event to occur Friday.

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 Coons 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, 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 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 (14 Responses)
  1. Ancient Texan

    The media immediately labeled the Tea Party Candidate the underdog after she won over the longtime Rep. Mike Castle. Karl Rove also was upset that the Democratic candidate would win. Pray tell me why the winner of a race between two conservatives would be undesireable in a race with a Liberal Democrat. Senseless logic.

    September 16, 2010 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  2. Why Woulda

    Why would anybody but a moron pay attention to a moron?

    September 16, 2010 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  3. If Coons can stay "senatorial" . . .

    He wins. But if he goes after O'Donnell, she'll use the Palin "I'm a victim"

    September 16, 2010 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  4. Glenn Koons

    Oh joy. The gaffer in chief comes to campaign for an avowed Marxist whose policies as a county ex. has been a huge failure. Golly gee. We need another Sanders, Dodd, Reid, in the Senate like America needs a hole in the head. Give me Christine, flaws and all.

    September 16, 2010 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |

    Biden to help Coons. I though he was doing this and has been every since he was nominated by Obama to run as Vice President. Let him help. Every one he endorses will go in our sack. Then you will see them no more.

    September 16, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  6. Gerald

    Hope is not a plan, vote conservative. Thank you

    September 16, 2010 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  7. barry

    Biden has been campaigning with coons for a few years now.

    September 16, 2010 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  8. Tom in Delaware

    Wonderful....the Gaffe-Master himself is going to make a personal appearence.

    He's going to need some yoeman's work to outdo Harry Reid's comment about Chris Coons being Harry Reid's 'pet'.

    What was he thinking?

    September 16, 2010 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  9. DeIndependent

    Great! That should increase O'Donnell's support by about 300%! Joe "the mouth" Biden comes home to promote Harry Reid's "pet". Hilarious!

    September 16, 2010 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  10. aunt Bea and Opie

    Go Joe,at least your not a war criminal,like Cheney.

    September 16, 2010 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  11. Lenora Taylor

    How dare cnn try and insult America's intelligance with these Tea Party cnn you're not so fair and balanced, we see where you are going with the bias. Odonnell? Palamino? Palin?
    The most racist, immoral people the RNC can find to lead this country and cnn decides to give these NUTs a platform huh? No thanks! I think that most Americans see right through the hoodwink..... God
    Bless America and please save us from the TEA PARTY.

    September 17, 2010 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  12. Peter s

    Excellent ! go lock those votes!!

    September 17, 2010 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  13. Orlando Patriot

    Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!! With Biden and Obama wanting to campaign with Coons it will help those in Deleware realize that Coons will do nothing but continue to push this economic and administrative disaster and certainly push MORE votes to O'Donnell. Anytime Biden and Obama tries to help their party it simply pushes more votes to the Republican side. Thanks again!!

    September 17, 2010 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  14. stevegee

    The people of Delaware have a clear choice:

    The failed liberal policies of Obama and the Democrats – like ObamaCare, Stimulust, Cap-and-Tax, and a free ride for illegals.

    OR the conservative principles that made our country great – less government, less taxes, more freedom and liberty. Choose Christine O'Donnell, vote Republican!

    September 17, 2010 08:12 am at 8:12 am |