November 15th, 2010
01:57 PM ET
12 years ago

Biden Advice to Coons: Don't Stay the Night

(CNN) - Senator-elect Chris Coons of Delaware, who will be sworn in later today to fill out the final four years of Joe Biden's Senate seat, got some advice Monday from the Vice President: don't spend the night in Washington.

"He said make it as physically uncomfortable as possible to spend the night," Coons recalled to a handful of reporters.

"Don't get a nice place, don't get a nice room. Get a cot in the office or rent something small and cramped and unpleasant because there will always be pressures to stay."

Biden, a fervent Amtrak rider during his 36 years in the Senate, commuted home to Delaware every night to be with his family – a route he suggested Coons follow.

"If you get a nice comfortable place, the first year it is one night a week, the next year it is two nights a week and four years from now you will miss every game your son plays," Coons said.

Asked by CNN if he was already a member of Amtrak's frequent rider program, Coons demurred.

"Not yet, but we're looking for one as soon as possible. We came down on Amtrak this morning," he said.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Do the job of the people Sen. Coons. Purchase a cot just in case because whenever we want republicans to get something done, all democrats have to do is threaten to stay overnight.

    November 15, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. Whatever

    Say what you will about Biden but his has it right – – FAMILY FIRST!!!!! Maybe if more politicians kept their own families first ... they would keep the American family as a whole FIRST when they legislate!!!!

    November 15, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    I like Coons – he has that PLEASANT smile and his eyes Twinkle – a sign of a diverse man that get along with everyone!!! I think he should take Biden's advice so he won't miss out on his family. DE is a hop, skip and a JUMP from DC and doable!!!

    T'sah is OUT of Campaign MODE – N2 Moving America Forward with our Leader – President Barack Obama!!

    November 15, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. carlos

    welcome Senator elect Coons, you have our backs.

    November 15, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. GOP Taliban Victim

    Coons is a class act. I have high hopes that he will serve the Senate well for not only Delaware but for the whole nation. There are too many deadbeats in the Senate. We need some new leadership from both parties.

    November 15, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. Howard Levine

    Good job VP!!

    November 15, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |