September 28th, 2010
06:57 PM ET
12 years ago

O'Donnell 'should be taken seriously,' Beau Biden warns

(CNN) - Delaware state Attorney General Beau Biden said his state's Republican Senate nominee, Christine O'Donnell, "should be taken seriously."

"She should be taken seriously. [Democratic Senate nominee] Chris [Coons] is taking her seriously. My party is taking her seriously," Biden told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King in an interview set to air Wednesday.

O'Donnell has received national attention for a number of controversial comments she made in the 1990s.

"It's not about what you see on the national television shows," Biden said, seemingly referring to some of those comments. "It's about where they [Coons and O'Donnell] stand on the issues."

Biden said he's content with his decision to stay out of Delaware's Senate race this year.

"I only had one choice to make and that's to finish my job as attorney general and that's what I did," Biden said. "I'm not kicking myself."

When asked if his father, Vice President Joe Biden, might consider a 2016 presidential run, the younger Biden remained circumspect.

"He's completely committed to making sure Democrats are elected on November 2 and that this administration wins in 2012," he said. "But most importantly, brings the change that they both set out to do in cold days in Iowa."

Filed under: 2010 • Beau Biden • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. the real ib

    If we are going to drag up things a person said when they were teenagers then it shows how desparate some people are to put someone down. But the libs are good for that; just don't look at their life.

    September 28, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  2. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Beau Biden is right, do not underestimate the Tea Party or its candidates. Today in the Washington Post there was an article about Christine O'Donnell about how she "embellished" (LIED) about her college! She claims to have attended the University of Oxford! Right.

    Folks, these are the types of candidates that the GOPbaggers are offering America! People who an inept, who do not want to be interviewed..........why? For fear that America will see them for whom they really are......... inept extremists!

    America, when you vote in NOvember, ask yourself 'What have the Republicans done for America lately?'

    September 28, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  3. Dave

    Of course they should take her seriously, she's the Republican candidate as elected by the primary voters. All to often the Democrats are guilty of that old saying, "snatching defeat from the jaws of victory", and it could prove truthful once again should they let down their guard. Yes, she's a laugh, but that's no reason to stop campaigning as if they were up against the most popular opponent. This is a good litmus test of the Democrats ability to win elections in this mid-term.

    September 28, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  4. Bill from GA

    Beau Biden is probably right, but only because the American voter group is made up of many mindless idiots.

    September 28, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    I think what the Attorney General meant ot say is- don;t underestimate the stupidity of people to actually vote for this incompetent woman. There is nothing in her background, education or experience that qualifies her to make laws for this country.
    People will still vote for her and that is a serious problem.

    September 28, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  6. Tam

    Taking her seriously as what? That she will stir up the bottom of the mud hole? With her intellect? Although betw. Palin and this one, we may learn how many uneducated, unintelligent people there are in America.

    September 28, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  7. T'SAH from Virginia

    He sounds like a very reasonable man. He is not cocky at all and you believes what he says. Yes, we will take O'Donnell seriously which is the reason why she is LOSING!!!

    DEmocrats in DE – UNITE the BASE and WIN the RACE in November 2010!!!

    T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!

    September 28, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    O'Donnell should be taken seriously if the rest of the country believes that evolution is a myth and having satanic sex on an alter, the problem is a vast majority of Americans have never and will never do what she's done, young or old.

    September 28, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  9. StrategicBob

    He's right. O'Donnell should be taken seriously. So should a heart attack or a tumor on the brain. They can kill. And so can the kind of absolute ignorance of everything demonstrated by just about everything this dimwit says.

    September 28, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  10. Daniel Schlafer

    Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden spoke the truth about the Democratic Party taking Republican / Tea Party senate candidate Christine O'Donnell , seriously for the November 2 election .. He also pointed out that Delawarians had to decide upon the difference between O'Donnell and Democratic candidate Chris Coons ? He told CNN's JOHN KING that he did not regret not running . I will take him at his word .

    September 28, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  11. Willy Brown

    Beau. It's progressives like your father hiding in the democrat party has got us to the brink of socialism. You want to elect democrats then rid the democrat party of the socialist!

    September 28, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  12. Cam

    Smart and intelligent response... I am always impressed by the Bidens.....
    O'Donnell's win will be sending America back to 18 century, her win could be that we have to eat with our fingers rather than spoons. O'Donnell's win = making America a third world...

    September 28, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  13. WHAT?

    Take O'Donnell seriously? The woman actually said, evolution is a myth and then asked "Why aren't monkeys still evolving into humans?" She also said American scientific companies are cross-breeding humans and animals and coming up with mice with fully functioning human brains. Lady, where is your brain? Take her seriously. My 5 year old can't take her seriously. She's dumber than PALIN. And she is trying to get elected as a Senator!

    September 28, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  14. Jimbo (The real one)

    It's not O'Donnell that needs to be taken seriously it is the people that would consider voting for her. I understand that a lot of them want change but for God's sake ay least educate yourself about who you want to represent you in Washingyton.

    September 28, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  15. Tony

    What a load of crap...

    Take her seriously? She is not qualified to be the mayor of a small town in Alaska, much less a US Senator from Delaware!

    I support Beau's decision not to run. Clearly he cannot see the forest for the trees or how miserably lame O'Donnell is as a candidate for any office.

    Take her seriously?!

    September 28, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  16. southern cousin

    A Biden with common sense. Maher and the libs are trying to do what they did to Palin. That backfired and made Palin more popular. Don't tell them though, they still don't realize it. Liberals don't realize that the more they demean and degrade people the more hated and ujnpopular they become.

    September 28, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |